Video: Leibar&Seigneurin on their Social Housing Project in Bordeaux

Based in Bordeaux and Bayonne, architecture studio Leibar&Seigneurin created a video to introduce their newest project in Bordeaux. They believe that film can represent the fabric of architecture better than photography alone because it captures life and the passage of time. Throughout the video, they discuss their conceptual approach to dealing with this building’s context.

Characterized by high-rise blocks, the challenge in designing a new building for social housing was allowing it to connect with the surrounding “soft” environment of a park. With curving white loggias rising above the street and a gabion wall at the ground level, the design attempts to establish a new relationship within its context. Other goals included transforming the traditional dynamic of apartment housing in which you do not know or interact with your neighbors, into more friendly and communal experience. Carefully juxtaposed materials bring new life to the design of the façade, creating a subtle and coherent connection with the city streets.

“Tesseract” Explores Higher-Dimensional Geometry at Bordeaux’s Semaine Digitale

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As part of the Semaine Digitale, in October Bordaux will host 1024 Architecture‘s Tesseract, an inspired by the so called “four-dimensional cube.” Created from no more than ordinary scaffolding, a translucent fabric skin and a series of electronically controlled lights, the installation plays with complex geometrical compositions, as the light beams rapidly create and deconstruct shapes within the outer 10 metre cubic frame.

More on the installation, and 1024 Architecture, after the break

Ginko Eco-Quarter / La Nouvelle Agence

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Architects: La Nouvelle Agence
Location: Bordeaux,
Architect In Charge: Aït‐Mehdi Samira & Latizeau Sylvain
Area: 2,150 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of La Nouvelle Agence

Armagnac / Habiter Autrement + Ateliers Jean Nouvel

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Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Habiter Autrement
Location: Bordeaux, France
Architect In Charge: Mia Hägg, Sandrine Forais, Jean Nouvel
Project Manager: Sandrine Forais, Stéphane Allaire
Architectural Consultant: Jean-Jacques Raynaud
Team Members: Mathilde Jauvin, Aimée Lau, Félix Medina, Louis Mangin, Nicolas Métro, Marcel Züger
Area: 5418.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

OMA Wins Its First Bridge: Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc

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OMA has won an international competition to design Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc, a bridge across the river Garonne in , France, that will link the municipalities of Bègles and Floriac. The 44m by 545m bridge, which will act as “a generous new public space” and “an urban planning intervention” for the city, giving priority to pedestrian traffic, is the first to be realized by OMA. It is scheduled for completion in 2018.

According to Clément Blanchet, director of OMA France, the bridge ”is not the ‘event’ in the city, but a platform that can accommodate events of the city [...it] may be the least technical, least lyrical, but [it is] the most concise and effective structural solution.”

The architect’s description of the project, after the break…

Clocher / FABRE/deMARIEN Architects

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Architects: FABRE/deMARIEN Architects
Location: Bordeaux,
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

Les Trois Mondes School Group / Joly&Loiret

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Architects: Joly&Loiret
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: erge Joly, Paul-Emmanuel Loiret
Area: 5,020 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Luc Boegly

Aquitanis Headquarters / Platform Architectures

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Architects: Platform Architectures
Location: Bordeaux,
Architect in Charge: Me Ana Manzanares
Associated Architects: Reichen & Robert & associés
Client: Aquitanis
Area: 4,918 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Luc Boegly, J. Ricolleau

Ecole Normale House / FABRE/deMARIEN Architects

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Architects: FABRE/deMARIEN Architects
Location: Bordeaux,
Area: 210 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

ST JEAN / Leibar-Seigneurin

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Architects: Leibar-Seigneurin
Location: ,
Area: 8,614 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Patrick Miara, Martin y Zentol

Nova Green / Agence Bernard Bühler

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Architects: Agence Bernard Bühler
Location: , France
Consulting Engineers: COUTANCEAU (Béton) VIVIEN (Thermique) MEILHAN-BORDES (VRD)
Area: 3,997 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Vincent Monthiers

Le Clos des Sablière / Agence Bernard Bühler

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Architects: Agence Bernard Bühler
Location: , France
Consulting Structural Engineers: EGIS Sud-Ouest
Area: 2,150 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Vincent Monthiers

OMA Leads Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc Competition in Bordeaux

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City officials have selected OMA’s “stripped-down design” as one of two final projects for the Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc international competition in , France. Stretching over the Garonne River, the OMA-designed proposal seeks to rethink the civic function and symbolism of a 21st century bridge by designing a multimodal “platform that can accommodate all the events of the city.”

“We wanted to provide the simplest expression – the least technical, least lyrical, an almost primitive structural solution,” stated Clement Blanchet, the project architect working alongside Rem Koolhaas. “This simplicity allowed us to create a generous platform for pedestrians and public programs, as well as flexibility in accommodating the future needs of various types of traffic.”

More from the project description after the break…

12 Maisons de Ville / Agence Bernard Bühler

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Architects: Agence Bernard Bühler
Location: ,
Consulting Engineers: ETBA (Béton) MATH ING. (thermique) EUROVRD (VRD)
Area: 1,080 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Vincent Monthiers, Desiree Castillo

Arc En Ciel / Agence Bernard Bühler

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Architects: Agence Bernard Bühler
Location: , France
Area: 3,658 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Vincent Monthiers, Courtesy of

Ginko Eco-Neighbourhood Housing / Nicolas Laisné + Christophe Rousselle

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Architects: Nicolas Laisné, Christophe Rousselle
Location: Garonne River, ,
Architects: Nicolas Laisné & Christophe Rousselle
Area: 8,206 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

OMA to Masterplan Southern Neighborhood of Bordeaux

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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 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…

Herzog & de Meuron Breaks Ground on ‘Grand Stade de Bordeaux’

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Nearly two years after unveiling the design to the public, Herzog & de Meuron broke ground this morning on the new ‘Grand Stade de ’ in . Surrounded by lush vegetation typically found in this green belt district, the stepped concourse transitions visitors through a forest of slender white columns to the stadium’s bowl, whose form ensures maximum flexibility and optimal visibility for all 43,000 spectators.

Completion is set for 2015, just in time to host the Euro 2016 football championship.

The architect’s description after the break…