Situated within the Bastide Niel ZAC in Bordeaux, this 65-housing unit project, which was designed together with OLGGA for the developer CA Immobilier, strives to embody the architectural and urban development precepts defined by MVRDV as faithfully as possible: a monolith effect, visual continuity, and clearly defined patterns to ensure maximum exposure to sunlight. The six buildings form an archipelago. Their concrete facades incorporate the stone walls of the former military barracks without needing any structural support; this creates an envelope that is both mixed and continuous. Long-gone sheds are evoked through a change in the tint of the concrete along certain parts of the base, like a palimpsest.
144 blocks, 144 volumes. Each building within the Bastide Niel ZAC is unique in its form. The footprint derives from the railway lines that used to traverse the space, while the building height maximizes the apartment’s direct exposure to sunlight.
The unique volume and visual continuity of the envelope (i.e., its roof and façade) defined by MVRDV for the entire urban development generate technical challenges in terms of ensuring watertightness and managing rainwater.
Within the archipelago of blocks in the Bastide Niel ZAC, the morphology and materiality of these 65 housing units embody the urban and architectural precepts set forth by MVRDV.