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Ferrère House


Renovation of a hôtel particulier

Atelier Cambium
Image credits
Julien Fernandez
Bordeaux (33), France
Renovation of a hôtel particulier
Surface area
970 m2
Construction costs
Inhabited since September 2015

The hôtels particuliers in the Les Chartrons neighbourhood of Bordeaux are characterised by their dual function as workplaces and residences for the traders who worked in them. This resulted in a particular architectural typology that emphasises length, with the residence facing the street and the warehouse situated at the rear of the plot. Located on rue Ferrère, this house underwent a careful refurbishment that modernised the spaces facing the street, and in the process revealed the vaulted cellars and the sensuality of its stone block construction.


The transformation of this private mansion and its second-tier wine cellars required a major overhaul that sometimes verged on civil engineering works. A great deal of excavation had to be carried out at the back end of the plot. The building’s location right in the middle of the city centre within a heritage sector only added to the challenges.


Formerly a warehouse used by wine merchants, the inner courtyard was completely remodelled to house an infinity pool above the garage. Another swimming pool was created in the old cellars.


The project comprised every detail of the interior, including the choice of light fixtures and the design of bespoke fittings.

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