Bègles > 50 dwellings

Bègles > 50 dwellings

This project lies on a plot of land now the ‘southern gateway’ to the city of Bordeaux and involved rehabilitation of a U-shaped building comprising 50 housing units, formerly part of an 1960s housing estate in dire need of renovation. An entirely new building was grafted onto the existing block’s northwest angle, offering ample office spaces. Environmental concerns were given pride of place (notably improved sound and thermal insulation), as was the need to open the reworked building out onto its immediate urban context, primarily characterised by recent constructions, rehabilitated elements and the tram network. Loggias were added to the existing structure, inviting its inhabitants to explore new lifestyles. Supported by pillars, these loggias are evocative of the ‘vertical haylofts’ of traditional local architecture and are aligned along the west and south-facing façades. The extension grafted onto the corner blends with the original architecture, forming a smooth faced polyhedron and upsetting the dry discipline of the initial U-shaped ground plan. A rich variety of sensations are born from the evocative play of lines, textures and rhythms created.
program
rehabilitation of dwellings and creation of offices
project management
atelier d’architecture King Kong, Math Ingénierie
client: SAEMCIB
location: Bègles Terres Neuves (33)
surface area: 3 955 m²
Cost (VAT included): 4 800 000 €
date: completed in october 2011
images/photos: Arthur Péquin
awards: Agora 2012 Prize / exhibition « Vers de nouveaux logements sociaux 2 » Cité de l’architecture, Paris
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