Group BIG+FREAKS freearchitects, dUCKS scéno, Khephren Ingénierie, VPEAS, ALTO Ingénierie, Vincent Hedont, PBNL, Mryk & Moriceau, Ph.A wins the competitors to design a brand new 12 000 m2 cultural middle on the riverfront of Bordeaux, merging three cultural establishments into one single constructing. Extra pictures and full press launch after the break.
The brand new Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Tradition en Aquitaine, MÉCA, positioned on the historic riverfront of Bordeaux will home three regional visible and performing arts companies FRAC, the ECLA and the OARA in a single single establishment. The Regional Council of Bordeaux chosen the successful staff amongst proposals from SANAA, the Toulouse- primarily based agency W-Architectures and Bordeaux-based FLINT.
BIG’s proposal arranges the brand new middle for up to date artwork, the performing arts establishment and the middle for literature and flicks round a public house open in direction of the town of Bordeaux and the Garonne River. The constructing is conceived as a single loop of public house and cultural establishments because the pavement of the promenade rises to type the roof of the primary lobbies, ascends vertically alongside the stage tower of OARA, bridges throughout the promenade with the sky lit galleries of the FRAC and returns vertically to the bottom on the archives of the ECLA so as to reunite with the waterfront promenade.
“When a area or a metropolis invests hundreds of thousands in a significant new cultural establishment – it usually finally ends up benefiting solely the knowledgeable few that have already got an curiosity within the arts. Not solely does the MÉCA spill its actions into the general public realm and the city room, however the public can also be invited to stroll round, via, above and under the brand new cultural gateway. By inviting the artwork into the town and the town into the humanities, the MÉCA will present alternatives for brand spanking new hybrids of cultural and social life past the precise definitions of its constituent components.” Bjarke Ingels, Founding Associate, BIG.
The city room permits on a regular basis lifetime of Bordeaux to circulate via its beneficiant body alongside the promenade, injecting the artwork into the town and the town life into the constructing. The a number of ramps and stairs of the constructing create an establishment that’s publicly accessible and welcoming on the within in addition to the surface. The city room and the casual seating of the steps will make the MÉCA a energetic place and a pure extension of the life alongside the Quai de Paludate road and the brand new promenade. Throughout festivals or different particular events within the metropolis, the surface of the MÉCA may be reworked right into a stage for out of doors concert events, theatrical spectacles or artwork installations.
“The city room is without delay a body for the paintings, a stage for the performances, a screening room for the media collections and most maybe most significantly an open room for the city lifetime of Bordeaux to invade and have interaction with the humanities.”, Andreas Klok Pedersen, Associate-in-Cost, BIG.
Tailor-made to accommodate the proportions of the efficiency areas, the backstage necessities, the archives and the artwork galleries, the constructing is tailor-made to the wants and needs of its particular person tenants whereas fused to type a single city body. The constructing and promenade is clad within the limestone which constitutes nearly all of Bordeaux’s structure. As if carved from the identical materials as the town itself – the stone is promenade and façade, stair and terrace, roof and ceiling all collectively.
“The three regional entities composing this system are idiomatic to the French public means of supporting and selling tradition everywhere in the territory. Engaged on the MÉCA constructing in Bordeaux is a good event to cross
views and stability between worldwide references and native points.” Guillaume Aubry, Cyril Gauthier & Yves Pasquet, Founding Companions, FREAKS freearchitects.
Architects: BIG Location: Bordeaux, France Collaborators: FREAKS freearchitects, dUCKS scéno, Khephren Ingénierie, VPEAS, ALTO Ingénierie, Vincent Hedont, PBNL, Mryk & Moriceau, Ph.A Associate in Cost: Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Klok Pedersen Challenge Chief: Gabrielle Nadeau Challenge Architect: Jan Magasanik Group: Édouard Champelle, Lorenzo Boddi, Yang Du, Karol Borkowski Shopper: Conseil régional d’Aquitaine Dimension: 12,350 sqm Photos: Courtesy of BIG