Maison Edouard François repurposes the former Le Ray stadium, Nice

Designed by Maison Edouard François, the Le Ray development in Nice has now been completed. Having achieved BDM accreditation for sustainable Mediterranean buildings, the 1.2-hectare project, named BiodiverCity NF Habitat HQE, is claimed to include “Europe’s largest green facade.”

Previously a stadium, the site is now a 25,000 m² mixed-use development including 350 apartments (first-time-buyer and social housing) and 6,000 m² of commercial floor area, and an underground parking garage.

Situated overlooking Nice, Le Ray is a 10-minute tram ride to the city centre.

The project team commented:

“Despite the apparent density when looking at the cross-section of the project, the heart of the development offers outside space to relax and socialise,”

The trumeau and other facades have stone window surrounds, and the other buildings are finished with a lime-based coating, in colours selected from the city of Nice’s guidelines.