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Cité du Grand Parc, Bordeaux, France. Architect: Lacaton & Vassal , 2017.

Cité du Grand Parc, Bordeaux, France. Architect: Lacaton & Vassal , 2017.
: Lateral elevated view showing newly fitted external elevators. Cité du Grand Parc, Bordeaux, France. Architect: Lacaton & Vassal , 2017.
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:Inigo Bujedo Aguirre/VIEW
:Cité du Grand Parc
:Cité du Grand Parc, Bordeaux, France. Architect: Lacaton & Vassal , 2017.
:Lacaton & Vassal
:Social Housing
:VIEW Architecture
:The project consists of the transformation of three inhabited social buildings, the first phase of a renovation program of the 'Cité du Grand Parc' in Bordeaux. Built in the early 60's, this urban housing complex numbers more than 4000 dwellings. The three buildings, G, H and I, measuring 10 to 15 floors high, number 530 dwellings and offer an opportunity to transform them into beautiful homes with redefined qualities and comfort. The addition of extended wintergardens and balconies offer the chance, for each apartment, to enjoy more natural light, more fluidity of use and more views. The apartments open on to these large wintergardens and balconies, to offer pleasant outdoor spaces, large enough to be fully used : 3,80m deep on the south facades of buildings H and I and the two façades of building G. From the inside, the view on Bordeaux is panoramic and unique, due to the city low topography, creating an extraordinary living situation. These extensions widen the used space and the evolution of the dwelling and give the opportunity, as in a house, to live outside, while being home. High-rise buildings for high-class residences are defined as examples of responsible housing for the future, but the G, H and I buildings offer the opportunity to reach these qualities right away, in a generous, economic and sustainable manner. The general economy of the project is based on the choice of conserving the existing building without making important interventions on the structure, the stairs or the floors. This economic approach makes it possible to focus energy on generous extensions that are the key to enhancing - in a lasting way - the dwellings' quality and dimensions. Interior improvement interventions and restructuration of the bathrooms are also planned. The gardens of the buildings are improved, making their access and use easier. The project also deals with the global performance of the building envelope with the reconfiguration of vertical circulations and access halls. Through this project, social housing, a built heritage which is often criticized, shows the example of a relevant and economic transformation that produces - from an existing building, which was judged as lacking in qualities and seen in a negative way - generous , pleasant and performing dwellings, that renew the typologies and the living conditions, comfort and pleasure, and improve the urban dwelling image.
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:Full Frame
:General view
:Inigo Bujedo Aguirre