A major transport hub
Rouen Rive-Droite station is a major regional transport hub with over 6 million annual passengers, located in the dense historical centre of Rouen in Normandy. The station area today operates as the main gateway to the urban region but with its extensive carriageways and visual clutter, its character has deteriorated and the space forms a barrier to key pedestrian connections. It is now undergoing major transformation to develop public transport connections and improve their accessibility.
An attractive entrance for the city
OKRA’s project aims to transform this fragmented and car-dominated area into an attractive and pedestrian friendly entrance for the city. By rationalising carriageways, redistributing car traffic onto surrounding streets and containing on-street parking, the public space is reconfigured and decluttered to the benefit of pedestrians and local activities: pedestrian movement is optimised with safe, comfortable and legible connections towards the city centre whilst space is provided for people to stop and linger and for local businesses to spill out on the public realm.
A green square
OKRA’s design capitalises on the opportunity to improve the network of green spaces in which the area is particularly deficient. By creating a series of densely planted gardens inspired by the local impressionism heritage, the project reduces artificial surfaces and increases the biodiversity of the area with a wide range of perennials and tree species. Combined with the use of lighter natural stone, the design significantly improves the microclimate of the area, potentially reducing local temperature by 4°C.