Bayonne Tête de Pont, France: Bayonne Gateway

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Bayonne Tête de Pont, France : Gateway Buildings

French Gateway Development – design by Josep Lluis Mateo, Architect

1 Mar 2018

Bayonne, Entrée de ville

e-architect share with you a short architectural film revisiting Josep Lluis Mateo´s project “Bayonne, Entrée de ville”.

The film is directed by the Chilean film-maker Pablo Casals Aguirre:

Bayonne. Entrée de Ville. France from mateoarquitectura on Vimeo.

Three interventions make up the proposal.

The three interventions address three independent yet complementary themes:

1. The Marinadour complex, which represents the organization of a considerable urban density and a mixed programme.

2. In the Park, the ground is the protagonist. Vegetation, transparency, public space, pedestrian connectivity.

3. The Rivadour complex closes the urban space. It is a continuous block that follows the river before breaking off towards the city.

5 Jul 2016 + 19 Oct 2015

Tête de Pont Bayonne

Location: south west France

Design: Josep Lluis Mateo – Mateo Arquitectura

Bayonne Marinadour

Three interventions make up the proposal:
1. Marinadour. A dense complex of dwellings on top of a podium of shops and car parks.
2. The Park generated by reorganizing circulation and segregating the traffic above from pedestrians, with the massive presence of vegetation between the footpaths.
3. Rivadour. A continuous urban block that follows the river before breaking off towards the city. Permeable on the ground floor.

Bayonne Gateway

The three interventions address three independent yet complementary themes:

In 1, Marinadour, the volume is protagonist. The way it is sculpted and emptied out.

Bayonne Gateway

The Marinadour complex, which represents the organization of a considerable urban density and a mixed programme: a car park and shopping mall form the plinth base, with dwellings built on the great platform created. This is a complex volume. Large landscaped courtyards produce empty spaces in the built mass that allow lighting and ventilation of the interior. The perimeter adapts to the spatial and contextual conditions:

The south and east façades, most exposed to traffic, are protected from noise by a double glazed cladding that creates a conservatory terrace with high energy quality. Its sloping cornice offers the built mass an added dynamism, accompanying traffic that runs tangential to the building.

Where it faces west the volume is broken down, and its envelopes are reflecting metal: this is where we let light and air into the courtyard.

Towards the river (to the north), the horizontal of the terraces follows the geometry of the water.

In 2, the Park, the ground is the protagonist. Vegetation, transparency, public space, pedestrian connectivity.

Reorganization of circulation around the approach to Henri Grenet bridge, building a viaduct to enable pedestrians to cross below and transform the area into a space that is truly urban, not just for cars. Massive presence of vegetation as backdrop to the scene.

Bayonne Gateway

Bayonne Gateway

In 3, Rivadour, it is a line that we had to build.

The Rivadour complex closes the urban space. It is a continuous block that follows the river before breaking off towards the city. At its end, it rises up to accommodate a hotel.

Bayonne Gateway

This continuous line forms the limit between the park and the approach to the bridge, and dialogues with the existing urban complex at a smaller scale. The permeable ground floor guarantees pedestrian continuity through the new urban space.

Bayonne Gateway

Tête de Pont Bayonne – Design Information

Author: Josep Lluís Mateo
Competition: 2006
Project: 2010-12
Construction: 2012-16
Location: Henri Grenet Bridge area, Bayonne (France)
Client Block 1: Kaufman & Broad
Client Block 3: Eiffage Immobilier
Client Central Area 2: Public entity: Agglomération Côte Basque-Adour – Mairie de Bayonne Surface: 70.000 sqm

EXTERNAL COLLABORATORS:
Structure: BOMA
Landscaping: Michel Desvigne (park bridge access), Manel Colominas (patios)

Photography: Adrià Goula and Luc Boegly

Bayonne Marinadour is the first intervention to be completed in a complex of actions marking the new entrance to the city of Bayonne.

Bayonne Gateway

The other elements are a park produced by remodelling the approach road to Henri Grenet Bridge and, overlooking it, the built complex of Rivadour.

Bayonne Gateway

These pieces establish synergies and interrelations, forming a unitary urban complex at the gateway to the historic city.

Bayonne Marinadour is an exercise that involves adapting a significant degree of urban density and organizing a complex mixed brief.


The volume addresses the extreme density of the brief, arranging the masses around two landscaped courtyards, creating an interplay in height and in full-empty relations to generate the best possible conditions in the shared spaces.

Bayonne Gateway

Large urban windows open up the courtyards to the outside, to the sun and the river.

In section, the project segregates the various uses in different layers: a car park and a shopping centre form the base. Above, independent, are dwellings of multiple types and conditions that vary in floor plan to adapt and optimize the relation with the exterior.

The envelopes also follow this logic: the south and east façades, which are most exposed to traffic, are protected from noise by double glazing that formalizes a conservatory terrace with high energy rating. To the west, the volume is broken down and its envelopes are reflective metal: we have to let light and air into the courtyard. On the river side, the horizontal of the terraces follows the geometry of the water. This morphological and volumetric complexity speak of the desire to adapt to the context, and also of the desire to reduce the urban impact of this high built density.”
Josep Lluís Mateo

Bayonne Gateway

It is a project of great importance for Bayonne, not just due to its sheer size (some 70.000 m2 of built surface area) but also because it is the new gateway to the city. The brief is divided between two city blocks that contain social and free market housing, a shopping centre, a hotel, a small area of offices and car parks, and the central part that joins the two blocks, channelling the flow of car and pedestrian transit.

Bayonne Gateway

Tête de Pont Bayonne – Building Information

Author: Josep Lluís Mateo
Client: Kaufman & Broad
Typology: Housing and Commercial
Project: 2006
Construction Îlot 1A (Marinadour): 2012-2015
Total Surface: 70.000 m2
Surface Îlot 1A: 30.000 m2
Site: Henri Grenet Bridge area, Bayonne (France)
Photo: Adrià Goula and Luc Boegly

Bayonne Gateway

10 Jun 2011

Tête de Pont Bayonne

Location: south west France
2011-
Design: Josep Lluis Mateo – Mateo Arquitectura

The Tête de Pont project is located overlooking the river Adour and marks a new approach to the old town. This project marks the start of the urban renewal of the Adour embankments between the city centre and the estuary.

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The Tête de Pont project is of great importance to the city, not just in terms of size (around 70,000 m2 of floor area) but also for its role as the new gateway to the city of Bayonne

24 Mar 2011

Bayonne Gateway

Location: south west France
2011-
Josep Lluis Mateo – Mateo Arquitectura

Jean Grenet, Mayor of Bayonne, visits the offices of Mateo Arquitectura

Josep Lluís Mateo with (right to left): Jean-Pierre Voisin, François Gouffrant, Marie Corrales-Vignes, Jean Grenet, Dominique Boudet and Jacques Rubio at the offices of MATEO Arquitectura:
Tête de Pont Bayonne

Jean Grenet, Mayor of Bayonne, along with various figures from Bayonne City Council, Kaufman & Broad and Eiffage Construction, visited the offices of Mateo Arquitectura in Barcelona to see the latest progress of the project for Tête de Pont, a new gateway to the city of Bayonne (France).

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The meeting was followed by a guided visit to some of Josep Lluís Mateo’s projects in Barcelona. The visit started at the remodelled offices in the Banc de Sabadell Atlantic
block on Avinguda Diagonal, continued to the Forum to take in the Hotel AC Forum and Barcelona International Convention Centre, and ended at the site of the almost completed Film Theatre of Catalonia in the Raval district.

Visit to – Hotel AC Forum Barcelona ; Barcelona International Convention Centre:
Hotel AC Forum Barcelona Barcelona International Convention Centre

The Tête de Pont project is of great imporatance to the city, not just in terms of size (around 70,000 m2 of floor area) but also for its role as the new gateway to the city of Bayonne. It stands on the urban front of the river Adour in the vicinity of Henri Grenet Bridge, and its programme, laid out in two city blocks, includes: social and free-market housing, a shopping centre, a hotel, a home for the elderly, a small office sector and a car park.

Tête de Pont Bayonne images / information from Mateo Arquitectura

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