Atelier LD | The Bois Bourdon Master Plan
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The Bois Bourdon Master Plan

An original and innovative project

The Bois Bourdon Master Plan

An original and innovative project

The Bois Bourdon neighbourhood, situated on the edge of a forest, comprises two distinct zones: residential neighbourhood, and industry – separated by protective landscape barriers to preserve the privacy of residents.

The project’s originality comes from the architectural quality of the neighbourhoods and from its approach to density . The urban fabric of the residential area is based on detached houses but the size of an individual plot has been largely reduced in comparison to typical plots in the area, thus optimising the density of the development. The characteristics of each house are defined prior to the project, in close cooperation with the developer and the construction company. The balance is therefore maintained between homogeneity and diversity – from project design to the implementation of individual projects.

The calm, residential aspect of the neighbourhood is reinforced by a network of shared lanes and ‘soft’ paths that fit with the project’s landscape structure.

The rainwater management is open air, with complete infiltration thanks to an extensive green and blue corridors that include swales and floodable areas.

The presence on the site of wetlands was a major factor in the project design. The development plan was adapted to preserve maximum of wetlands, and compensate for those destroyed by the works. The new wetlands contribute to the “green” infrastructure of the project, and are integrated into the open-air rainwater management system.

The road network preserves the site’s agricultural routes and discourages shunt? routes to create a peaceful, attractive neighbourhood. The project is part of a Quality and Environment certification scheme, with each part of the work requiring a Sustainable Development Management Programme certificate – a veritable list of specifications and monitoring tool to ensure the quality of the operation.




Comprehensive masterplanning, architect-coordinator, water legislation dossier


Development of 260 dwellings, 12 hectares of activities, public spaces


Etampes (91)

Design team

ATELIER LD (lead designer: urban planning, landscape design & delivery, hydrology, roads & utilities –public spaces), SOREC (roads & utilities – networks)


2014 – ongoing // Area: 28 hectares // Cost of works: €5.5M excluding tax

Paris Region