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Bègles > biomass heating plant

The architects at King Kong have designed a biomass heating plant with a space for public events commissioned by the Ville de Bègles to function as a coherent whole. They also wished to integrate ideas for the site’s future development, including student housing and shops on the ground floor.
The heating plant provides energy for the council housing apartments in the Terres Neuves neighbourhood, along with office spaces developed in the former military barracks. This was, then, a clearly voiced political gesture.
Most biomass heating plants are opaque volumes, but the architects’ aim here was to lend the building a lighter, more ethereal feel, as a piece of statement architecture. This inspired their choice of pierced red metal cladding not only for the main chimney, but also the public events space, with a triangular ground plan positioned against the building’s flank. This tempered the ‘technical’ connotations all too often associated with a building such as this. The biomass heating plant lies at the crossroads of two distinct urban designs – that of the Terres Nerves military barracks, with its rectilinear grid layout, and Tania Concko’s more organic urban masterplan for the district. We took both blueprints into account and designed our building around a series of formal figures, including trapezoid forms, triangles and right angles. This enables the building to slip effortlessly into the surrounding context to which it brings a sense of new life.
program
construction of a biomass heating plant
project management
atelier d'architecture King Kong, IPI
client: Dalkia
location: Bègles Terres Neuves (33)
surface area: 535 m²
Cost (VAT included): 1 000 000 €
date: completed in October 2014
images/photos: Antoine Guilhem-Ducléon
awards: selection PRAd’A – Palmarès Régional Aquitain d’architecture 2016
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