Architecture, Modern Classics
Discover the modern architectural masterpieces that are redefining the look and feel of this classical French city for a new generation
TODAY THE CITY OF BORDEAUX ENJOYS A LEGACY OF WINE HERITAGE THAT IS KNOWN AROUND THE WORLD. Its reputation for excellence has made Bordeaux synonymous with quality, innovation and style. However, this reputation no longer applies to just its wines and châteaux. For today’s visitors Bordeaux offers the chance not only to discover some of the finest vineyards in the world but also to explore a once tranquil town that is evolving beyond its classical facade into a dynamic and modern city. Bordeaux is redefining its cultural identity through architectural innovation that embodies the finest qualities of a city inspired by the future as well as the past…
La Cité Frugès - Le Corbusier
Cité Frugès in the neighbourhood of Pessac offers some excellent examples of modern design by Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret. Today that innovation can still be found in the look, design and subtle complexities of Le Corbusier’s work in Pessac, which has stood the test of time. In addition, these buildings now enjoy UNESCO protected status and can be visited throughout the year.
4, rue Le Corbusier, 33600 Pessac.
05 56 36 56 46 www.pessac.fr/cite-fruges-le-corbusier
Bordeaux Métropole Arena
Designed by Rudy Ricciotti, the new Métropole Arena which opened in January 2018, is described by the architect himself as a construction of this moment, both functional and beautiful. The space can also be reached by public transport or even bicycle.
48-50, avenue Jean-alfonséa,
33270 Floirac www.bordeauxmetropolearena.com
Arc en Ciel The Rainbow Building
Sitting at the entrance to the residential neighbourhood of Grand Parc, along the C tram line in Chartrons, this unique creation sits in colourful contrast to the concrete urban design of the neighbouring high rises and traditional Bastide homes of the area.
127, avenue Emile-counord, 33300 Bordeaux
Cité du Vin
Designed to show the fluidity of energy between the wine culture and the city itself, this remarkable building stands out against the cityscape and the river, with its bold curves and fluid glass panelled exterior.
134, quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux www.laciteduvin.com/en
Maison de Bordeaux Rem Koolhaas
Rem Koolhaas originally designed what one magazine called ‘The best house in the world’ over looking Bordeaux, as a private commission. A remarkable innovation even today, twenty years since its completion, the ‘House’ can occasionally be visited by the public through organised tours by the Floirac town hall or observed from a distance like a sculpture on the hillside above Bordeaux.
Maison Lemoine, 2, chemin des Plateaux, 33270 Floirac
Pôle Programmation Culturelle,
05 57 80 87 43 www.oma.eu/projects/ maison-a-bordeaux
Due to open on the Paludate Quays in autumn 2018 MECA is an ambitious new creative gallery space for Bordeaux. A multifunctional and vibrant art space for the whole of the region.
54, quai de Paludate,
33800 Bordeaux www.bordeaux-euratlantique.fr
MMM Maritime Museum
Innovative in its scope and design, the museum was conceived by renowned Bordeaux architect Olivier Brochet. Brochet is already responsible for some remarkable modern architectural spaces in France including the new Musée de l’homme in Paris and the Musée Fabre in Montpellier.
Opening Autumn 2018, www.museedelamerbordeaux.fr Bassins à Flot, Bordeaux
As part of the regeneration of Northern Bordeaux Ginko has sought to create a new and cohesive, architectural framework for urban living with ‘bioclimatic’ design in mind. An ecological and environmentally conscious new neighbourhood beside Bordeaux Lac, Ginko is well worth a visit and is accessible via tram, bus and bicycle.
Berges du Lac, Bordeaux Tram C, stop Berges du Lac
Bordeaux Métropole Arena.
Arc en Ciel Building.
Cité Frugès - Le Corbusier.
La Cité du vin.
Wine cellar at les Carmes Haut-brion.