Center for New Businesses / Barcode Architects + Habiter Autrement

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As part of the masterplan, ‘Bassin a Flots’ designed by ANMA/Nicolas Michelin, Barcode Architects and Habiter Autrement recently presented the Pôle de Compétences (Center for New Businesses). The 7,000m2 project will be a part of the masterplan, which aims on a phased transformation of the present introvert industrial harbor area into a new lively precinct with an urban mixture of living, working, and recreation. The slender 90 meter long and 21 meter tall building presents itself as a pure monolith volume stretching out over the entire length of the site. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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The facades are designed as a cut out of the characteristic sawtooth roof, a reference to the architecture of the former harbor area. The opposing facades are mirrored which creates an expressive and dynamic volume. Both the façade and the roof are made out of silver colored aluminum panels. This material continuity lends the building a monolithic quality, which is reinforced by the regular geometry and consistent rhythm of the openings and the cladding. On ground level this rhythm is interrupted by larger openings which mark the entrees for the public facilities, such as the restaurant and the fitness. The brightly colored two-story high public passage guides visitors into the green inner courtyard.

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‘Pôle de Compétences’ is one of the first buildings developed in the area of ‘Bassin a Flots’. The design of BARCODE Architects and Habiter Autrement represents a compelling new architecture for the former harbor area, a meaningful quality boost for the waterfront of the Gironne.

Architects: Barcode Architects + Habiter Autrement
Location: Bordeaux, France
Client: ICADE Promotion
Program: ‘Centre for new businesses’, offices, restaurant, fitness, day-care, parking
Area: 7000m²

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Center for New Businesses / Barcode Architects + Habiter Autrement" 23 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 Apr 2015. <>