A New Breath to Social Housing

The transformation of the social housing from 1960s in Bordeaux with extended winter gardens and balconies introduces a new breath both for its inhabitants and for the social housing typology.

The project consists of the transformation of 3 inhabited social buildings, first phasis of a renovation program of the 'Cité du Grand Parc' in Bordeaux. Built in the early 60's, this urban housing counts more than 4000 dwellings. The 3 buildings G, H and I, 10 to 15 floors high gather 530 dwellings and give a capacity of transforming into beautiful dwellings with redefined qualities and comfort.

The addition of extended winter gardens and balconies give the opportunity, for each apartment, to enjoy more natural light, more fluidity of use and more views. From the inside, the view on Bordeaux is panoramic and unique, due to the city low topography.

When the high-rise buildings for high-class residences are defined as examples of a responsible housing for the future, 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 approach on economy makes possible to focus the energy on generous extensions that are, according to us, the key to enhance in a lasting way the dwellings quality and dimension. These extensions widen the space of use and the evolution of the dwelling and give the opportunity, as in a house, to live outside, while being home.

The apartments open on to large winter gardens and balconies, and offer pleasant outdoor spaces, large enough to be fully used : 3,80m deep on the south facades of H and I building and the 2 façades of G building.

Interior improvement interventions and restructuration of the bathrooms are also planned. The gardens down the buildings are improved, their access and use are made easier. The project also deals with the global performance of the building envelope, the reconfiguration of vertical circulations and access halls.

This project is an example that demonstrated, the social housing, built heritage often criticized, can go through a relevant and economic transformation. Transforming from an existing judged lacking in qualities and seen in a negative way to generous , pleasant and performing dwellings has been realized through renewing the typologies and the living conditions, comfort and pleasure, and improving the urban dwelling image.

Site plan
H & I buildings axonometric perspectives (before & after)
G building axonometric perspectives (before & after)
Principles of extensions
H & I buildings floor plans (before & after)
H & I buildings sections (before & after)
G building floor plans (before & after)
G building sections (before & after)

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