The Grand Large project in Dunkirk marks the second phase of the Neptune project launched in 1991, the principal aim of which was to reorient the city back towards the docks. Grand Large concerns a 42 hectare site with a rich port history, home to yards that were abandoned in the wake of the shipyard crisis in 1987. For the city, which had reached the limits of its expansion, these abandoned shipyards came to be seen as an opportunity to develop a new sustainable district, based on a master plan by Nicolas Michelin.

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The Grand Large project draws heavily on the principles of bioclimatic architecture and applies HQE (high environmental quality) measures.
These include: using rainwater to irrigate public and collective green spaces; gas heating for individual homes, with solar water heaters; green roofs on individual homes; installing solar panels; creating protected loggias on the south-west facades to form a buffer zone between the inside and outside; constructing buildings with gables, a design that allows assisted natural ventilation and lends identity to collective dockside buildings, etc.

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