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XTU’s French Wine Civilizations Museum Set to Open in 2016

The Bordeaux Wine Museum’s wooden structure has been completed, the first step in an ambitious project slated to open in 2016. Designed by XTU Architects, and situated along the coast of the river Garonne in Bordeaux, France, the museum aims to stand as a beacon and “guardian angel” against the skyline of the riverbank. Inspired by the timeless spirit of French wine, the building forms flow in a continuous space without corners, evoking the circular motion that awakens a wine before tasting.

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Gallery: Inside Herzog & de Meuron's Bordeaux Stadium During Its Inaugural Match

© Philippe Caumes
© Philippe Caumes

Architectural photographer Philippe Caumes has sent us images from the open match at Herzog & de Meuron's newly completed Bordeaux Stadium in France. Sometimes compared to a classical temple, the all-white, rectangular stadium is distinct with a forest of slender columns touching down on an inviting grand staircase that ushers fans into its 42,000-seat "bowl." Take a look inside, after the break. 

© Philippe Caumes © Philippe Caumes © Philippe Caumes © Philippe Caumes

The New Bordeaux Stadium / Herzog & de Meuron

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
  • Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
  • Location: Cours Jules Ladoumegue, 33300 Bordeaux, France
  • Partners: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Stefan Marbach (Partner in Charge)
  • Area: 77090.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan, Francis Vigouroux

© Francis Vigouroux © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Francis Vigouroux

Maison Des Danses / ADH

Courtesy of ADH
Courtesy of ADH
  • Architects: ADH
  • Location: Bordeaux, France
  • Architects In Charge: Benoîte Doazan, Nicolas Novello, Stéphane Hirschberger
  • Area: 1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of ADH

Courtesy of ADH Courtesy of ADH Courtesy of ADH Courtesy of ADH

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 social housing 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.

"Tesseract" Explores Higher-Dimensional Geometry at Bordeaux's Semaine Digitale

© 1024 Architecture
© 1024 Architecture

As part of the Semaine Digitale, in October Bordaux will host 1024 Architecture's Tesseract, an installation 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

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Ginko Eco-Quarter / La Nouvelle Agence

  • Architects: La Nouvelle Agence
  • Location: Bordeaux, France
  • Architect In Charge: Aït‐Mehdi Samira & Latizeau Sylvain
  • Area: 2150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of La Nouvelle Agence

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Armagnac / Habiter Autrement + Ateliers Jean Nouvel

  • Architects: Habiter Autrement, Ateliers Jean Nouvel
  • 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
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault

OMA Wins Its First Bridge: Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc

OMA has won an international competition to design Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc, a bridge across the river Garonne in Bordeaux, 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

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau

Les Trois Mondes School Group / Joly&Loiret

© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly
  • Architects: Joly&Loiret
  • Location: Rue Xavier Arsène-Henry, 33300 Bordeaux, France
  • Architect In Charge: erge Joly, Paul-Emmanuel Loiret
  • Area: 5020.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly

ST JEAN / Leibar-Seigneurin

  • Architects: Leibar-Seigneurin
  • Location: 201 Cours de la Marne, 33800 Bordeaux, France
  • Area: 8614.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Patrick Miara, Martin y Zentol

© Patrick Miara © Martin y Zentol © Martin y Zentol © Martin y Zentol

Nova Green / Agence Bernard Bühler

  • Architects: Agence Bernard Bühler
  • Location: Avenue Emile Counord, Bordeaux, France
  • Consulting Engineers: COUTANCEAU (Béton) VIVIEN (Thermique) MEILHAN-BORDES (VRD)
  • Area: 3997.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Vincent Monthiers

© Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers

Le Clos des Sablière / Agence Bernard Bühler

© Vincent Monthiers
© Vincent Monthiers
  • Architects: Agence Bernard Bühler
  • Location: Rue des Sablières, 33800 Bordeaux, France
  • Consulting Structural Engineers: EGIS Sud-Ouest
  • Area: 2150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Vincent Monthiers

© Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers

OMA Leads Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc Competition in Bordeaux

© OMA, Artefactory, Frans Parthesius
© OMA, Artefactory, Frans Parthesius

City officials have selected OMA’s “stripped-down design” as one of two final projects for the Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc international competition in Bordeaux, 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

  • Architects: Agence Bernard Bühler
  • Location: Rue Surson, 33300 Bordeaux, France
  • Consulting Engineers: ETBA (Béton) MATH ING. (thermique) EUROVRD (VRD)
  • Area: 1080.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Vincent Monthiers, Desiree Castillo

© Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers © Vincent Monthiers