Bordeaux > Tour du Gaz - 17 apartments

Bordeaux > Tour du Gaz - 17 apartments

The former headquarters of the Bordeaux gaz and electricity board, designed by architect Raoul Jourde in the 1930s and situated just a stone’s throw away from the cathedral, aroused vehement protest at the time of its construction on the part of city-dwellers shocked by the radical modernity of its design within the historical context of the city centre. The building’s outstanding architectural qualities have since been recognised, but it has also undergone transformations which have fundamentally altered the architectural stance of the original. A competition was launched in 2009 by Bordeaux Town Hall for the renovation and redevelopment of the building, along with an adjacent building erected in the 1970s. A hotel, called Mama Shelter, was created in the 1930s building, while the 1970s building was redeveloped for housing. A total of 17 apartments have been created in the rear section of the building, their size ranging from two rooms to four, the latter enjoying a total surface area of 120 m2. They provide top quality accommodation for families in the heart of the city. The roof height of the building was raised to accommodate the new volumes, creating an almost infinite range of possibilities for distributing atypically designed apartments within the existing structure. Each apartment has access to patio areas with fine schist flooring and luxuriantly planted private gardens, separated by trellised screens built in wooden slatting and pierced steel cladding. The exterior walls play on a combination of wood and zinc, creating a warm, intimate atmosphere and allowing light to flood in. The apartments all respect ‘BBC renovation’ norms. Where the building runs along Rue du Temple, its façade takes its inspiration from the former curtain wall and a series of vividly designed motifs in lacquered aluminium play over its surface. The lines and hollows of this ‘frame’ enter into meaningful dialogue with the decorative architectural features of the street’s 18th century buildings. The frame stands proud from the exterior surface of the existing façades and has a wood and concrete backing to guarantee efficient sound and thermal insulation. The light and shade playing across its surface says much of the creativity of the site’s new vocation.
program
transformation of the Gas & Electricity Company building into a hotel « Mama Shelter » + 17 apartments
project management
atelier d'architecture King Kong, Math Ingénierie, Nobatek, Hervé Gastel
client: Adim Sud-Ouest
location: Bordeaux (33)
surface area: 1 580 m²
date: completed in october 2013
images/photos: Arthur Péquin
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