France – Norwegian studio RRA, Reiulf Ramstad Architects has completed the Portes Bonheur – le Chemin des Carrières project, “a lace undulating in the landscape, an invitation to travel as our ambition behind the reconquest of the Rosheim-St Nabor railway in the Alsace region.”
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Commissioned by the Communauté de Communes des Portes de Rosheim, the reconversion of a 11km railway in Rosheim, Alsace, invites to discover cultural pavilions and art installations to discover on foot or bike.
“Like the old track that offered a dual function – industrial and passenger transport -, Portes Bonheur – le Chemin des Carrières has a double vocation where the functional must rub shoulders with the imaginary of travel.” Explain at Reiulf Ramstad Architects.
Along the path goes a story, which the architectural interventions split into chapters of different landscapes, offering varied universes and highlighting remarkable sites. Five unusual elements punctuate the way, showcasing a territory open to the world and at the meeting point of different cultures.
Boersch tells the story of water. The river, which historically allowed connection to the world and tells about the true cleanliness of a place. It is a dynamic element in the landscape, running to the ocean. We enlarge the riverbed and build a large open space amphitheater to access the water.
Leonardsau tells the story of the land. After a long green tunnel, two large corten steel plates amplify the opening effect at the end of the forest corridor to the open landscape, embodying a gate and opening a perspective towards Mont St-Odile, which develops the idea of discovery.
Ottrott tells the story of travel. Former train station, the stop materializes the history of the railway and highlight the presence of the heritage (balance, bridge, crane, pump…). In a fabric of housing buildings, the reservoir, symbolizing water, and concrete crossings connect housing to historical elements and landscape.
Saint-Nabor tells the story of luck. Closed for years and ongoing a “renaturalisation” process, the quarries symbolize the reconquest of the vegetation on a former industrial site. On one of the highest platform created by the machine, will the traveler discover the most spectacular work: a promontory in corten steel offering a wide view on the valley of Rosheim and the plain of Alsace. From this viewpoint inspired by a four-leaf clover, the visitor will feel lucky to enjoy the view of such a beautiful territory.
All images by Florent Michel 11h45, courtesy of RRA – Reiulf Ramstad Architects.