Redevelopment of Camp site on Regional Recreational Base – Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (78), 2013

The purpose of the proposed redevelopment of the camp site of the regional recreational base in Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines is to satisfy the demand for new type of leisure accommodation. Indeed, in the era of cocooning, organised and supervised travel, everyone wants to invent their own travel experiences and for shorter and shorter periods.
Wandering, even near home, is becoming a mainstream pursuit. In a daily existence marked by speed, leisure time puts a premium on slowness.

Nature is being enjoyed as a sensation of freedom, highlighted by a true enhancement of biodiversity growth.
Camp sites are becoming less conventional, integrating ethnological habitats inspired by nomadic civilizations that are solid but easily dismantled (wagons, treehouses, huts).

This modern nomadism places value on intimacy with nature and the quest for self-fulfilment while demanding the highest quality of comfort and access to multiple services.

Meals, that special moment of social interaction, are going “gourmet” as a result of contact with nature. The desire for fresh products and the taste of terroir are becoming all-important and encourage gardening, gathering and the purchasing of baskets of seasonal vegetables and fruits prepared by neighbouring farmers.

In light of the dynamics of the site, the desire for nature and the social interaction of the “different tribes” expected, as well as the historical memory inscribed into the agriculture and landscape of the camp site’s wider environment, we organised all the space around:

a clearly identified biodiversity axis that acts as a gauge for the different activities or visions related to the natural world, incorporating maintenance issues (use of sheep to mow grass, chickens to recycle waste, etc.), natural areas for the circulation of fauna and flora, and shelters for luggage-carrying donkeys.

a central path running through the base linking the various sites and “tribal” organisations of the campers.
offshoots forming a system of connections running through the entire site

small vegetable beds on wheels (brand image) available to borrow or rent if campers wish to have mint or savoury herbs at hand for cooking outdoors and to practice the act of “gardening” their own natural space in an environmental fashion.


Upgrading of camp site of regional recreational base in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines


Syndicat mixte d’études, d’aménagement et de gestion de la base de plein air et loisirs de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

Delegated client



ART’UR - Architect
INTERSCENE – Thierry Huau, Landscape Architect & Urbanist


12 ha

Landscape Budget

933 317 €