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11 Apr 2019
Bordeaux Building wins Mies Award 2019

European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced  the Winners of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2019.

Transformation of 530 Dwellings Grand Parc Bordeaux
photographs © Philippe Ruault

Transformation of 530 Dwellings – Grand Parc Bordeaux by Lacaton & Vassal architectes; Frédéric Druot Architecture and Christophe Hutin Architecture is the 2019 Winner of the Prize.

Transformation of 530 Dwellings Grand Parc Bordeaux

The transformation gives to all dwellings new qualities of space and living, by inventorying very precisely the existing qualities that should be preserved, and what is missing that must be supplemented.

Transformation of 530 Dwellings Grand Parc Bordeaux

The addition of large winter gardens and balconies in extension of the existing give the opportunity, for each apartment, to enjoy more space, more natural light, more mobility of use and more views.
The existing small windows are replaced by large glazed sliding doors opening onto the winter garden.

Transformation of 530 Dwellings Grand Parc Bordeaux

The technical facilities are upgraded: bathrooms electrical installation, the two former elevators in every staircase are replaced by a bigger one and supplemented by a new elevator.
New access halls are done and the gardens in front of the building are improved. All the families stayed in their dwelling during the construction works. No increase of rent after the transformation.

Transformation of 530 Dwellings Grand Parc Bordeaux

While the high-rise buildings for luxury housing are now designated as examples of ecological housing, the G, H and I buildings offer the opportunity to reach these qualities immediately, in a generous, economic and sustainable way.

Transformation of 530 Dwellings Grand Parc Bordeaux

Due to the proposal of transformation with all inhabitants inside, the project excludes interventions on the existing structure, stairs or floors, and proceeds by additions and extensions, large enough to be fully used. Inside the flats, only refurbishment of facilities or finishes has been done.

Transformation of 530 Dwellings Grand Parc Bordeaux

The extensions of 3,80m deep widen the space of use and the mobility through large glazed sliding doors connecting every room to the winter garden, offering, as in a house, a pleasant private semi outdoor space.

Transformation of 530 Dwellings Grand Parc Bordeaux

The energetic performance of the building envelope is highly improved by the addition of winter gardens which act as passive solar collectors.

Transformation of 530 Dwellings Grand Parc Bordeaux

The work on economy allows to concentrate the budget on the extensions, the key point to improve in a significant and sustainable way the dwellings quality. The overall cost of transformation respects the budget, based on the usual cost for a basic renovation of facades, insulations, and facilities.

Transformation of 530 Dwellings Grand Parc Bordeaux

In order to reduce the duration of the works, the construction uses prefabricated modules, fast built like scaffolding in front of the building. Precasted slabs and columns are transported to the site and lifted into position by a crane to form a freestanding structure. Concrete poured in place was used only for foundations.

Transformation of 530 Dwellings Grand Parc Bordeaux

Along the added structure, the original windows are removed in a specific intervention to take care of asbestos-contaminated seals. Concrete window sills are removed to open from floor-to-ceiling, and create double-glazed sliding doors. Thermal curtains behind the glass provide extra insulation to the heated interiors.

Transformation of 530 Dwellings Grand Parc Bordeaux

On the other side, a lightweight façade of transparent, corrugated polycarbonate panels and glass in aluminium frames is assembled and equipped with reflective solar curtains. Glazed hand railings run along the balconies.

Transformation of 530 Dwellings Grand Parc Bordeaux

A proper planning and scheduling of the construction site allowed to achieve the transformation in just 12-16 days per apartment: half day for laying the concrete slab, 2 days for adapting the old façade, 2 days for placing the new façade, and 8-12 days for renovating the interiors.

Transformation of 530 Dwellings Grand Parc Bordeaux

Title in French:
Transformation de 530 logements – Grand Parc Bordeaux

Prize year: 2019

Location: Bordeaux, France

Year completed: 2017 (Year began 2014)

Architecture studios: Lacaton & Vassal architectes; Frédéric Druot Architecture; Christophe Hutin Architecture

Authors: Anne Lacaton (1955 France); Jean Philippe Vassal (1954 France); Frederic Druot (1958 France); Christophe Hutin (1974 France)

Program: Collective housing in a Linear block

Total area: 23745 m2

Usable floor area: 81000 sqm

Cost: 365 (50000€/flat) €/m2

Client: AQUITANIS

Client Type: public

Transformation of 530 Dwellings Grand Parc Bordeaux

Transformation of 530 Dwellings Grand Parc Bordeaux
photographs © Philippe Ruault

Bordeaux Architecture Design – chronological list

20 Feb 2018
Mansion L’hôtel de Bethmann
Architects: Martins | Afonso atelier de design
Mansion Lhotel de Bethmann in Bordeaux
photo : Mickaël Martins Afonso

Mansion L’hôtel de Bethmann
In this mansion, the living space is revealed by the encounter between past and present. It is in the interpretation and the articulation of the existing architectural signs that has emerged the project, where each new architecture fragment fits and dances in its context.

30 Oct 2017
Facette Building in Belvédère
Design: Studioninedots
Facette Bordeaux Building Belvédère
image : Studioninedots | A2Studio

Facette à Bordeaux Building
Facette, a collective and future-proof mixed-use office building in the heart of Bordeaux’s new district Belvédère.

7 Jun 2017
Bassins à flot Housing
Design: Mateo Arquitectura
Bassins à flot Housing in Bordeaux | www.e-architect.co.uk
photos : Luc Boegly and Jean-François Tremege

Bassins à flot Housing in Bordeaux
The architects designed two storeys right across the plot, introducing the car parks at the centre and arranging dwellings around them, with services along the front. In this case, the floor is porticoed, drawing the perspective from the street towards the old submarine base. Three volumes are arranged on this platform.

24 May 2017
Tam-Tam Housing, Rue Lucie Aubrac
Design: B/NT architects
Tam-Tam Housing
photo © Olivier Amsellem

Tam-Tam Housing in Bordeaux

24 Mar 2017
Sou Fujimoto at Arc en Rêve Bordeaux Architecture Center
Arc en Rêve Bordeaux Architecture Center

17 Mar 2017
145 Student Housing in Bassins à Flot
Design: Gardera-D Architecture
145 Student Housing in Bassins a Flot
photo : Jean François Tremege

145 Student Housing in Bassins à Flot

7 Oct 2016
University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour, Avenue de l’université, Avenue du Doyen Robert Poplawski, Pau
Design: Patrick Mauger Architecture
University of Pau and Pays de L'Adour
photo : Didier Boy De La Tour

University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour
The campus of Université de Pau et du Pays de l’Adour (UPPA), bearing the hallmark of its architect André Grésy, is immersed in wooded grounds and has a strong relationship with its environment.

22 Mar 2016
Hyperion Tower
Design: Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés, Architects
Hyperion Tower
picture from architect

Tower Building in Bordeaux
Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés, in partnership with Eiffage and Woodeum, has won an architecture competition to build a 50-meter high residential tower in Bordeaux on plot 8.4 in the Saint-Jean Belcier district.

2 Jan 2017
La Cité du Vin Bordeaux Nominated for Mies van der Rohe 2017 Awards
Design: XTU
La Cité du Vin Bordeaux
images © XTU-Julien Lanoo

La Cité du Vin Bordeaux
The Bordeaux-based wine museum and cultural center known as La Cité du Vin (www.laciteduvin.com) opened its doors on June 1, 2016.
Mies van der Rohe 2017 Award Nominations

20 Jun 2012
MÉCA Bordeaux
Design: BIG + FREAKS freearchitects
MÉCA Bordeaux building
image from architects

MÉCA Bordeaux: Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine
Team BIG+FREAKS freearchitects, dUCKS scéno, Khephren Ingénierie, VPEAS, ALTO Ingénierie, Vincent Hedont, PBNL, Mryk & Moriceau, Ph.A wins the architectural competition to design a new 12,000 sqm cultural center on the riverfront of Bordeaux, merging three cultural institutions into one single building.

Arc En Ciel Bordeaux
Design: Agence Bernard Bühler
Arc En Ciel Bordeaux building
photo from architect

Arc En Ciel Bordeaux

Maison at Bordeaux
Design: Rem Koolhaas Architects / OMA
Maison á Bordeaux
photo : Hans Werlemann

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Bastide Niel
Design: MVRDV
Bastide Niel Bordeaux
image from architects

Bastide Niel

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