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Construction of 65 housing units in the Bastide Niel joint development zone, or ZAC

SAS Bastide Niel (Bordeaux Métropole Aménagement (mandataire), Domofrance et Aquitanis)
Project management of the urban development
MVRDV (architect – coordinating developer for the ZAC), A+R Paysage (landscape architects), Artelia (roadways and project coordination), GEOSAT (surveyor), Atelier raisonné (sustainable development consultant), ArcaGée (environmental consultant), BECS (health and safety coordinator)
Project owner
Crédit Agricole Immobilier
Atelier Cambium (Lead Architect), OLGGA (Associate Architects)
Design team
A+R Paysage (landscape architects), KEPHREN (structure), AMB (environment/heating), NEC (fluids/electricity), C3 (façades), B2iX (project coordination), Veritas (technical inspection services/ health and safety coordinator)
Image credits
RUA Representing Unbuilt Architecture
Bordeaux (33), France
New construction of 65 housing units and a workshop space for an artisan
Surface area
4.348 m2
Construction costs
8,5 M€ pre-construction
2019 - 2023
Label Sought
RT 2012

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.

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