Five housing projects

The sites of these projects are spread out over the urban territory of Bordeaux. The projects also vary in scale, from nine apartments in Floriac to a mixed-use development in Cenon with 38 apartments. The original brief asked for a single housing type that would be adapted to all five sites instead, the competition team decided to develop five unique housing projects, each designed specifically for its site and integrated into the surrounding landscape, which was designed as part of the project. The roofs of the buildings are largely used for terraces and gardens, and sustainable features, including solar panels and greywater treatment, help make the buildings economical in terms of maintenance and heating cost.
Francine Fort, the general director of the Arc en rêve centre d'architecture in Bordeaux, has noted some of the other qualities that unite the projects: ‘The double orientated apartments overlook two different landscapes. Designed from the inside out, they lay strong emphasis on interior perspectives looking out over the most expressive views of the recreated landscape: here the real luxury is space.’

Habiter Autrement was awarded the first prize in this competition for five innovative social housing projects in Bordeaux, in collaboration with Ateliers Jean Nouvel and ING Real Estate. Three of the five projects were built, with Habiter Autrement as the lead architect (see further project information: Cenon, Lormont, Armagnac).