Ar­chi­tec­ture, Mod­ern Clas­sics

Dis­cover the mod­ern ar­chi­tec­tural mas­ter­pieces that are re­defin­ing the look and feel of this clas­si­cal French city for a new gen­er­a­tion

Bordeaux J'Adore - - Contents - ✒ STEPHANIE IR­WIN

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.pes­­bus­ier

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.bor­

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.lacit­e­du­

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 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-eu­rat­lan­

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.museede­lamer­bor­ 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.

Ginko Eco­quartier

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.

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