Vis-à-Vis Weil am Rhein-Huningue (2018-2021)
Between 2018 and 2021, a “Vis-à-vis”, a new cross-border park for the population of the 3Land, was created on both sides of the Dreiländerbrücke. The redesigned Rhine banks are the first visible and tangible realization of the spatial concept.
The cities of Weil am Rhein and Huningue are linked by one of the oldest German-French city partnerships. The construction and inauguration of the ‘Dreiländerbrücke’ in 2007 was a significant milestone in their partnership. This success story was continued with the joint Rhine bank design: The "Vis-à-vis" was born out of the cities' desire to open up to the Rhine and create a recreation and meeting place for the population there.
The banks of the Rhine offer opportunities for a variety of uses in both cities. Due to port use, they were inaccessible to the population for a long time. After the relocation of port activities to the north of the cities, the fallow land could be reused - with success! In Huningue, for example, the remains of the Vauban fortress were put to use at the foot of the ‘Dreiländerbrücke’. A restricted traffic area extends to Place Abbatucci, the town's central square. A separate pedestrian and bicycle path now runs along the banks of the Rhine. Benches, tables and deck chairs invite visitors to linger. From the new vantage point, visitors can enjoy a view of the German side of the Rhine, the ‘Dreiländereck’ and Basel harbor. In the adjoining, new quarter “Les Jetées”, residential space is being created.
In Weil am Rhein, the Rhine Park was redesigned and expanded. Young and old can get active on the play and sports areas. Seating steps and the Rhine balcony brought the Friedlingen district closer to the Rhine. The planting adapted to local conditions and the continuous lighting add to the charm of the Vis-à-vis.
The redesigned Rhine bank areas were also connected to the bike path that runs along the Rhine from Huningue to downtown Basel.
The project "Vis-à-vis" was supported by the Trinational Eurodistrict Basel and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within the framework of the INTERREG V Upper Rhine program of the European Union.
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