The Rouen Normandy Metropolis has been very active in reconquering the Seine riverfront in the heart of Rouen.
The shopping center
This dynamic project started in 2009 with the opening of the shopping center Docks76 that was a former port hangar and that was renovated and adapted to host shops, cinemas, gourmet breaks and restaurants for the whole family, including essential stores and exclusive brands from the region!
Shortly thereafter in 2010 the Hanger 106 was inaugurated and has established itself as one of the favorite cultural facilities of the city and its region – and placed Rouen and Normandy on the international music map. This concert hall of 3,800 m² was designed to stimulate the creativity of its territory and host concerts and cultural activities.
The Sports Palace in the form of two inverted prisms, by the architect Dominique Perrault was inaugurated in 2012. The arena combined shiny stainless steel with concrete to create an illusion of a mirror game. The Sports Palace covers a total area of 31 540 m² and has played hosted to some of the world’s most renowned events.
The next transformation was that of the coal depot and an industrial port zone to parks and gardens, changed the face of the Seine in Normandy forever. Gardens, terraces, restaurants, leisure activities for the young and old, cultural hotspots, nightlife and shopping now embraces the river that use to be an eyesore to locals in the past. Nowadays visitors are drawn to rediscover the allure of the Seine whilst encountering the welcoming folks from Rouen on the river banks.
Ongoing renovations and developments with a strong emphasis on eco-responsibility and sustainability will last up to 2022 and will unveil the future Gustave Flaubert residential eco-district; a business district, luxury hotels, spas, theaters and a cooking school for the enjoyment of all.