Mas Lombard development

Nîmes, France

Mas Lombard development

Nîmes, France


Confronted with the emblematic situation of city outskirts, the Mas Lombard development raises the question of its inclusion in a territory that is now mishandled and not legible. In a context where rail and road infrastructures, suburban areas and commercial zones collide, the landscape of the future development must be immediately legible and identifiable.

A methodical reading of the surrounding landscape offers a key to its interpretation. It allows us to understand its language and the mechanisms of transformation, and above all to identify the components with which the site can be structured. It is not a restoration work but a transposition: what is observed is then transformed for new uses, giving rise to an aesthetic that is both familiar and new.

We have observed the persistence in the surrounding agricultural landscape of windbreaking hedge structures. Their quasi-systematic east-west orientation, protecting from north-south winds, stands out clearly from the components linked to the more naturalistic routes of the watercourses and their flora. This double landscape language, where geometric lines meet more naturalistic components, is taken up and reinterpreted at the scale of the future neighborhood.

A very dense hedge structure creates a thick landscape. Its perception in perspective creates a mass effect, while creating interstitial spaces. Its fragmentation corresponds to a precise work on parcel boundaries, participating in the definition of places and built intervals. Hedges were traditionally made up of alignments of fast-growing poplars alongside slow-growing cypresses taking over from the former. They are reinterpreted here as "live hedges" punctuated by trees that will gradually detach themselves over time, randomly enriching the material of this landscape grid. 

Groves are planted freely, escaping from the tree alignments. They accompany the north-south orientation of a river and an ancient Roman road.  Some voids are home to a sort of orchards, while sunken gardens are created in the rainwater management network.

Urban strategies

Eiffage Aménagement

Project Team:

MDP Michel Desvigne Paysagiste
Lambert Lénack architects


46 ha