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OMA to Masterplan Southern Neighborhood of Bordeaux

OMA to Masterplan Southern Neighborhood of Bordeaux
OMA to Masterplan Southern Neighborhood of Bordeaux, Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA

In order to accommodate the expansion of the local tram system, La Fabrique Métropolitaine de la Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux has commissioned OMA to design a new major urban development in the southern district of Bordeaux, France. Over the next five years, the masterplan will regenerate the neighborhoods of Bègles and Villenave d'Ornon by forging new connections to Bordeaux's central station and unlocking the potential for both city development and public space. 

This project is part of the new identity for the "Porte Sud de Bordeaux" (Bordeaux south gate) and continues OMA's intensive recent engagement in Bordeaux, as the office has been working since 2010 on the masterplan for 50,000 new housing units in the city.

More on OMA’s Bordeaux masterplan after the break...

Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA

Spearheading the masterplan is OMA associate Clement Blanchet, who commented: “We took the tramway extension as an opportunity to rebuild this part of the city, generating a new linear condition which allows the possibility to define a fast / slow cityscape. By shifting the tram line from its previously planned location, we create potential for new types of housing and commercial development.”

Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA

The masterplan accommodates two contrasting conditions: one fast, the current Route de Toulouse; and one slow, dedicated to pedestrian traffic of the new neighborhood's inhabitants, which will emerge around the tramline. OMA will work on the public space along the tramline in collaboration with landscape architect Coloco, sustainability adviser EGIS CONCEPT, engineering office EGIS, and real estate adviser CBRE.

Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA

OMA, with Clement Blanchet, has recently won three major competitions in France: the Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale (BMVR) in Caen, to go under construction this summer; the Parc des Expositions in Toulouse; and Ecole Centrale at Saclay, outside Paris.

Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA
  • Architects

  • Architect in Charge

    Clement Blanchet
  • Landscape Architect

    Coloco
  • Sustainable Adviser

    EGIS Concept
  • Engineering

    EGIS
  • Real Estate Adviser

    CBRE
  • Client

    La Fabrique Métropolitaine de la Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux
  • Project Year

    2018
Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "OMA to Masterplan Southern Neighborhood of Bordeaux" 17 Apr 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/361014/oma-to-masterplan-southern-neighborhood-of-bordeaux/>
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bladi · April 18, 2013

I guess Koolhaas putted a team of self willing 'slaves' from asia on it to make this masterplan. Seriously, often 80% of a project is runned by people who just want to work for free for the famous OMA. Often people without a good sense of feeling for the European context, the specific context, spatial quality, human scale and social and economic demands. So, People don't think it's good, because it is from OMA. It is just made by a group of slaves. Next to this I really heard a project architect evil laughing, because one of the free interns thought she would die, because of the working conditions. I think this overall attitude is very respectless of Koolhaas to his people and his discipline.

bladi · April 18, 2013

This is very poor and awful urbanism. No feeling for human scale, spatial experience and the social, economic and spatial demands of people are totally ignored. It is just a lost concept inspired by Corbusier's Ville Radieuse

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