AN URBAN PLANNER’S CITY
The Bordeaux metropolis’ heritage includes buildings and facilities by some of today’s great architects and designers: the rooms and restaurant at the Mama Shelter hotel and Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion’s winery were designed by Philippe Starck, the hotel Saint James by Jean Nouvel, the Matmut Atlantique stadium by Hertzog & de Meuron, Maison Lemoine in Floirac by Rem Koolhaas, the County Court by Richard Rogers, and the CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art by Andrée Putman.
In the north of the city, the Bassins à Flot, the old manufacturing district, located between the Chartrons and Bacalan is undergoing a transformation: a massive 160 hectare construction site (including 22 hectares of water, the former wet docks) in which buildings and major projects are springing up like mushrooms, under the gaze of Nicolas Michelin, who is in charge of the development. Ultimately, 700,000 m² of housing, hotels, economic activities and amenities will be created, just six tram stops from Quinconces. Open to the river and bathed in light, the zero-energy neighbourhood will consume as much as it produces, and be traversed by three kilometres of landscaped paths.
In the south, on the other side of the city around Bordeaux’s train station, a revolution is being prepared, in the form of Bordeaux Euratlantique. This vast urban development project covers 738 hectares spread over Bordeaux, Bègles and Floirac. Bordeaux Euratlantique includes office space, housing, public facilities, hotels and shops, and a new pedestrian shopping street scheduled to open in 2021. In terms of facilities, the project includes the construction of the Simone Veil bridge that will link the St. Jean Belcier district with Floirac in 2020, the MECA (Maison de l’Economie creative et de la Culture en Aquitaine - Centre for Creative Economy and Culture in Aquitaine), the FRAC (Regional Contemporary Art Fund) and the Cité Numérique (Digital City). The future economic lungs of the city, Bordeaux Euratlantique will also provide an attractive location for large company headquarters.
An integral part of the Euratlantique project, the new Bordeaux Métropole Arena, signed by Rudy Ricciotti (creator of the MUCEM in Marseille) is located on the right bank next to the future Simone Veil bridge. With 11,300 seats, it hosts a variety of cultural, entertainment and sports events. First shows : Depeche Mode, Michel Sardou, Orelsan, Lenny Kravitz…