Mateo Arquitectura

Mateo Arquitectura

Barcelona, ES


Urban planning and housing in Bordeaux (France)

In the Garonne river port, Bassins à flot, Bordeaux. 

As though washed up here by nearby waters, rises the hulk of the World War II submarine base.

Beside us, other remains of the shipwreck: some small constructions that have to be integrated into the project (A).

The water table is very high. We cannot excavate to build car parks. We build 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.

(B) is very low (2 floors), and metal. A small, shiny animal that accompanies the existing dwellings.

(C) at the corner, a small tower with four façades. Two metal faces, two timber faces.

(D) A concrete-walled block that follows the limits of the plot and defines the urban from towards its sides.

(E) The centre is an open, communal garden, offering views and sunlight to the dwellings behind.

The whole, seen from the old port, is mobile and rather jaunty. Like the old ships that are beached there, waiting to be broken up.

The place is lovely, overlooking the river port and facing south and the sun. The housing complex is designed to be solid and urban, as well as domestic and delicate.

The complex turns its back on the street and opens up to the sun and the views. Terraces and gardens will allow its occupants to enjoy life outdoors.

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Status: Built
Location: Bordeaux, FR
Additional Credits: Author: Josep Lluís Mateo - mateoarquitectura
Project leader: Laurent Baudelot
Project team: Till von Mackensen, Blanca Lora-Tamayo, Èlia Canadell, Maria Güell, Sara Dordas, Àlex
Vilar, Marta Gual, Anna Profitós, Lu Xiao, José G. Perpiñá, Frédéric Géraud, Mireia Luzárraga
Site management: Xavier Monclús
Photo: Luc Boegly and Jean-François Tremege