Paris and Aubervilliers – Saint-denis Canal

Reportage Canal Saint Denis à Paris

Acceptance of the 3 sectors in autumn 2019


Client : Ville de Paris, SEMAVIP et plaine Commune

Project Management team :

Commissioning Landscaper Architect : Gautier+Conquet


Light : Scène publique

Area : 3HA full MOE

Cost : 10M€HT


Photo credit : © Xavier Boymond


Three contracting authorities joined forces to redevelop the banks of the Saint-Denis canal from La Villette (Paris) to the Stains bridge (Aubervilliers).

For this waterside project, on a site of varying scales, the lighting systems were adapted to the different sequences in order to preserve the charm and uniqueness of the site. Technological innovation was used to reduce the carbon footprint, while enhancing biodiversity and the environmental approach.


Three sequences follow one another along the water :

“Dans la lumière urbaine” (In the urban light) at the lock of the rond-point des canaux: the public lighting of the associated roads is sufficiently bright to allow the lighting project to dispense with any emergence; diode light points inserted in the guardrail emphasize the path.

“Under the white light of the T3”, between Avenue Corentin-Cariou and Boulevard Mac Donald, is a contemporary urban sequence, with the T3’s recent developments leading right up to the water’s edge.

“Le grand paysage”, beyond the bd des Maréchaux, opens onto a vast horizon and into the dark of night. The 12.00m-high wooden masts are fitted with revolving spotlights to provide uniform, linear lighting along the towpath and at specific points on the development side. The lighting project complies with the requirements of both the City of Paris and Plaine Commune, while preserving the unique atmosphere of this waterside site.

canal – 2015
Scène Publique
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