“Four seasons” The wall design of Bel-Air CHARTRES


Every district of Chartres has its own identity, forged over hundreds of years of history. Listed as one of the most protected towns of France, it receives tens of thousands of tourists who enjoy its historic and cultural heritage, the famous cathedral, its sound and light festival “Chartres en lumière”, and in an entirely different key, its cosmetic and perfume companies.


Social housing becomes an original tourist attraction!

Aujourd’hui, Bel Air est en plein boom… Bel Air fait peau neuve. Hier isolé, aujourd’hui sur le devant de la scène, votre quartier s’ouvre et s’équipe progressivement. Le projet de « Tram-train » sur lequel je me suis engagé devrait achever ce tableau et rendre le quartier plus accessible à tous. Les frasques des fresques de Bel Air font grand bruit puisque nombreux sont les curieux qui s’aventurent déjà pour les découvrir.
Jean-Pierre Gorges
Maire de Chartres, Président de Chartres Métropole Habitat
Bel Air once again deserves its name. This district now has a positive image that strengthens a rightful claim to pride and identity. This is because the tenants were consulted to give their opinions and express their preferences.
Élisabeth Fromont
Vice-President of Chartres Métropole Habitat, Deputy Mayor of Chartres, responsible for social affairs and housing.
Contracting owner : Chartres Métropole Habitat.
Place : District of Bel Air – Chartres / France.
Contracting owner : Chartres Métropole Habitat.
Place : District of Bel Air – Chartres / France.
Contracting owner : Chartres Métropole Habitat.
Place : District of Bel Air – Chartres / France.

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The point of departure

A district of Chartres, Bel Air, a social housing estate, had been set to one side and become an almost forgotten part of the old town. So the OPH Chartres Métropole Habitat and the municipality decided to break this isolation by implementing a dynamic project to refurbish its properties in this district. It decided to confer the mission to the mural designers and painters of CitéCréation to embellish the estate.
The fresco project was driven by the leaders of the municipality who wanted to send a clear message that Bel Air is an integral part of the town.
The interior refurbishment of the apartments was done in collaboration with the inhabitants during this period, by asking them to participate in the joint creation of the mural paintings. The exterior refurbishment would not have been possible without their participation!

Action / result

To the utmost joy of Bel Air’s inhabitants, to a great extent consulted and associated with the choice of mock-ups, the mural painters responded by adorning the walls of these buildings with historic and symbolic murals to heighten the district’s identity (the architecture of the town-centre, the Beauce region, perfumes and the banks of the Loire).
This mural circuit satisfies a large number of urban planning and socioeconomic needs. It perpetuates memories and favours sustainable cultural development. The Tourist Office now proposes guided tours throughout the year to discover Bel Air’s mural circuit.

The actors of the project

  • Contracting owner: Chartres Métropole Habitat.
  • Project manager: CitéCréation.

Budget et Technique

Cost of the monumental mural design project:

  • Project coordination/ Design / Production of the overall design.
  • €680 K ex. tax*.

The property in figures:

  • 4 buildings (8 façades and 8 gables)
  • Timetable for carrying out the project: 2 years.

Technical characteristics of the painted facades:

  • ETI polystyrene.

*Excluding scaffolding, surface preparation, team facilities, site office with access to water.