Bacalan Village

Bordeaux (33)

Housing, 2012

In Bordeaux, in the heart of the Bacalan neighborhood, you can definitely feel an all-over historical identity. When we started working on a new life for these former imperial stables which had been converted into wine cellars, we chose to highlight the strong and lasting nature of these stone buildings by conserving their repetitive beauty.


To change the function of the buildings, we modified their form and gave them the properties of housing units. We created openings which featured the same recurrence as the whole so that we stayed consistent with the uniformity of the site.


With a capacity of 280 apartments, the project was subdivided into several units in order to create a more intimate scale, reinforced by the creation of courtyards surrounded by about fifteen apartments each. The diversity of housing is to be found in the intimacy of private spaces.

Rooms pop up! From up there, one can enjoy views over the landscape while staying within the scale of the Bacalan neighborhood.
Emerging units offer views on the landscape Rooms pop up! From up there, one can enjoy views over the landscape while staying within the scale of the Bacalan neighborhood.
Open to everyone, this central space is highlighted by the recurrence of the stone façades.
The central space Open to everyone, this central space is highlighted by the recurrence of the stone façades.
Before
The transformation of a historic building
After The transformation of a historic building
The new row of private spaces modify the building
Living in the cellars The new row of private spaces modify the building
Varnished concrete frames mark our contribution to the existing building.
Passageway from a small yard to the central space. Varnished concrete frames mark our contribution to the existing building.
The vegetation of the footbridges is key to the privacy of the patios
Facades overlooking small courtyards The vegetation of the footbridges is key to the privacy of the patios
The project consists in several duplex apartments offering generous volumes.
Interior volumes The project consists in several duplex apartments offering generous volumes.
Location
Bordeaux (33)

Project Owner
Nexity-Apollonia

Programm
282 housing

Surface
19500 m²  

Amount of the works
23 M€ HT

Dates
2008–2012

Mission
Conception

Partner
Leclercq Associés
Cardonnel Ingénierie

Team
Alexandre Sfintesco (project director), Camille Droulers

Photographs
Éric Sempé

Award 
Pyramide de Vermeil 2010: Price of the esthetics real estate
Pyramide d’argent 2010: Regional Grand Prix and Price of the esthetics Real estate
Location
Bordeaux (33)

Project Owner
Nexity-Apollonia

Programm
282 housing

Surface
19500 m²  

Amount of the works
23 M€ HT

Dates
2008–2012

Mission
Conception

Partner
Leclercq Associés
Cardonnel Ingénierie

Team
Alexandre Sfintesco (project director), Camille Droulers

Photographs
Éric Sempé

Award 
Pyramide de Vermeil 2010: Price of the esthetics real estate
Pyramide d’argent 2010: Regional Grand Prix and Price of the esthetics Real estate