• Shops
  • Equipments
  • Public spaces
  • Accommodations
  • On going

In short

Developer: Paris La Défense
Surface: Phase 1: 19,000 m² / Phase 2: 30,000 m2
Programming: housing / higher education school / shops
Delivery: Phase 1: 2022 and Phase 2: 2026
Location: in Nanterre, between the Valmy district and the André Malraux park

A structuring project for the territory

At the crossroads of the La Défense business district, the André Malraux departmental park and the Paris La Défense Arena, the Le Croissant sector continues the transformation begun in 2015.

The Le Croissant program is part of a global development project led by Paris La Défense. Located within the Seine-Arche ZAC, it is at the interface between the La Défense business district, the Jardins de l'Arche and Paris La Défense Arena, the Terrasses de Nanterre and the André Malraux park.

The Crescent has been structured around the road structures of the 1970s. The D914, whose curve it follows, gave it its name. Bounded by the boulevard de La Défense, the Egalité and Fraternité buildings, and Emile Aillaud's "Nuages" towers (Cité Pablo Picasso), this up-and-coming district can now take advantage of an exceptional location. Its immediate proximity to several public transport stations, La Défense-Grande Arche, Nanterre-Préfecture and the future Nanterre-La Folie station makes it a prime site. The Crescent project is located in two districts of Nanterre: Parc Nord and Parc Sud.

The demolition of part of the former MP89 overhead parking lot in 2015 gave way to a first phase of the urban project (2015-2022). The Altana real estate program welcomed its first residents in 2019. The following year, work began on the School of Higher Education, the Arche Horizon residence, and the new neighborhood entrance.

The project's challenges and objectives

  • Opening up the Crescent sector to the neighboring districts and the André Malraux departmental park
  • To redefine the public spaces
  • Create a mixed-use neighborhood combining housing and diversified activities

The renewal of the Croissant began with a master plan prepared by the TVK - D'Ici-là group (real estate programming) and Topotek-Ogi (public spaces, landscaping and stormwater management). The main orientations of the programming aim to constitute a mixed neighborhood, largely residential. The programming of the Crescent is planned in two phases: 1st phase (2015-2022), 2nd phase (2020-2026).

Phase 1 of the Le Croissant project: until 2022

Phase 1 was initiated in 2015 on the first vacated right-of-way. It includes two housing programs (Altana and Arche Horizon) and the construction of a higher education facility, the first element of the future campus of the Institut Léonard de Vinci. The public space redevelopment project, which runs until 2022, focuses on urban furniture (sports and outdoor activities).

Phase 2 of the Crescent project: until 2026

Currently under study, the second phase of development is designed by the grouping led by the MG-AU agency. Made possible by the demolition of the last elements of the parking lot in 2020, this new phase aims to create a "piece of the city" that contrasts with the old urban landscape: life will be organized around pleasant plazas, planted public spaces, and also certain first floors open to local residents and users. Completely redesigned pedestrian walkways will link the Crescent to neighboring neighborhoods and to the public transportation network. The program also includes the restructuring of the Gorki school group (Ville project), the relocation of the neighborhood hall (Salle Gorki) and the construction of a new gymnasium. This second phase will be completed in 2026. Linked to the business district, at the intersection of the Aillaud Towers, the business district and the Terrasses, the Crescent has all the assets to participate in the attractiveness of La Défense. Close to everything! From the Croissant, it is possible to reach, in less than 15 minutes :

  • La Défense Grande Arche (Transilien L and U, metro line 1, RER A)
  • the Nanterre Préfecture RER A station
  • the future Nanterre La Folie RER E station (2023) and M15 station of the Grand Paris Express (by 2030)

Project timetable

Phase 1 2015 Demolition of the first section of the overhead parking garage, launch of real estate projects 2019 Delivery of the Altana building, opening of the first public spaces 2020 Restructuring of access to the Egalité parking lot 2021 Opening of the Leonardo da Vinci higher education site 2022 Delivery of the Arche Horizon residence

Phase 2 2020 Demolition of the second section of the overhead parking garage 2020-2022 Design of the urban project 2021-2023 Restructuring of the Gorki school group 2023-2026 Construction of new buildings and development of public spaces

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Did you know?

Why is this project called Le Croissant? The name of the Crescent project comes from the shape of the perimeter on which the developments are taking place.