Aeby Perneger & Associés
The new district of «Les Halles»
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The new district of Les Halles in Morges is
located on a former railway line. The urban centre is extended to the
intersection of the railway lines and the motorway, continuing the existing
morphology. The scale of the existing blocks on Rue Centrale to Rue Saint-Louis
is preserved. The size of the buildings gradually rises in the direction of the
railway. The urban shape is held by an elongated building adjacent to the
railway tracks and by an urban block facing east from the Place de la Gare.
Remodelled, it opens towards a new pedestrian shopping precinct, providing an
extended and continuous public space. Surrounded by shops, it meets the current
needs of the city of Morges and creates a new heart for the district. Its
morphology refers to the main street of Morges’s historic centre. The
plasticity of the three buildings façades in the composition contributes to the
definition of a complex and articulated urban space. From a programmatic point
of view, the district, which already benefits from excellent transport
connections, accommodates the elements of a balanced urbanity. In addition to
the new station, offices, shops, housing, a school, a nursery, a car park and a large pedestrian zone have been created.
Particular attention has been paid to flow management, freeing the ground from
any vehicular traffic and making space for soft mobility.