Miramas city center
Miramas is a railway hub on the western edge of the Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolis. This urban study looks at ways of renovating the town centre and giving it greater density, while also generating new utilisations and stimulating economic development.
A fertile terrain
Miramas grew up between the Crau plain and Berre lake, as a result of industrialisation. The village became a town, traversed by the railway line that now carries the TGV and goods trains. It occupies a strategic position equidistant from Marseille, Arles and Avignon. Built up in successive stages by history and industry, Miramas is paradoxically both divided and unified by the rail axis that passes through it.
Towards economic revitalisation
Restoring the station to a central place in the spatial, economic and social organisation of the area – this is the essential development issue. The creation of new neighbourhoods close to the centre, with ease of accessibility and high environmental standards, should reinforce its attractiveness within the metropolis. This project is a motor for overall, sustainable revitalisation.
The interconnection of the station and the town transforms a problem into an asset. The idea is to give Miramas a fresh new start as a focus of equilibrium within the metropolis.