A vantage-point overlooking the Loire river
The construction of a multiplex cinema in the historic center of Orleans, within an urban regeneration zone (ZAC), provided the city a large roof terrace and the opportunity to create a new public green space, badly needed in this dense urban city-centre.
The height of the rooftop gives spectacular views of the Loire river so it was evident that the garden should be orientated towards this vantage point. Consequently, a large pergola covered with Japanese wisteria was installed as a lookout, with alcoves for people to stop and admire the view.
The rest of the garden is made up of lawns and walkways, to provide a green breathing space for the city.
The Place de la Loire, located at ground level, is a public square, where paving in wave patterns, echos the shape of the meandering river.