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Location : Bordeaux
Dates : 2011 - Competition
Client : CUB
Design team : Martin Duplantier Architects, Anouk Debarre Landscape Architect
Mission : Design Conception
Built area : 4 400 sqm
Cost : 6,9 M€

The insertion of a technical building along the banks of the Garonne River responds to the tides

and the landscape. Turning this building into a part of the landscape and into a hub for transportation was the goal of the project – in essence, a catalyst that created and agglomeration of Bordeaux’s city center and its surrounding hinterlands. This node in the tramway system will be used to service and maintain the trams.

In a more metaphorical sense, the depot will help catalyze the metropolis through several urban parts; the “Bassins à Flots” are a theater in which the further densification of Bordeaux

takes place, the “industrial” silhouette of the housing pushed by the urban designer Nicolas Michelin begins to manifest itself bit by bit, the building of a cultural and tourist center for Bordeaux wines along the banks of the Garonne will transform this portion of the city. The other driving force behind the project is its link to the river. It is bound, de facto, to the city’s docks further upstream, yet also to its ports downstream and the landscape of the estuary where river meets ocean. Yet, the facades of the Bacalan quarter no longer create a clear weaving of landscapes along the Garonne. The chosen path of the the project is to create, bit by bit, the framework for a possible urban mix.