HYPERION - THE 58-M HIGH WOODEN LIVING TOWER

HYPERION - THE 58-M HIGH WOODEN LIVING TOWER

Architect
Jean-Paul VIGUIER et Associés
Location
Bordeaux, France
Project Year
2020
Category
Apartments

Housing
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HYPERION - THE 58-M HIGH WOODEN TOWER

Jean-Paul VIGUIER et Associés as Architects

Hyperion will be the first residential tower made of wood in France, in the city center of Bordeaux, close to the new TGV (high speed train) station. 

The Saint-Jean Belcier area is part of a wide urban renovation program. The project for this site, which is visible from the train station is to unite the necessity for the area to regenerate itself while being an ambitious showcase for the metropole. This project follows in the footsteps of the main phases of a wider city planning and development project for the old town.


Located where rue Carle Vernet meets rue d’Armagnac, the Hyperion project features several buildings with a total of 176 housing units, an underground parking ramp, an office building and shops.


The highlight of this project is the Hyperion tower, the structure of which is made of wood.

With a total height of 57 meters, the 17-floor tower is composed of 98 housing units circling a central core (elevators and stairways). The core, as well as the first three levels, is made of concrete. This rigid spine is completed by a wooden structure of beams and poles. The hard-wood floors and partitions are made of CLT wood (Cross Laminated Timber), bringing modularity and security to the building.

Surrounding the tower is a lower building composed of 55 units of social housing and 23 properties. A second lower building nearby is dedicated to offices while the ground floors of both house shops.


The notions of freshness, seasonality, shade and quality of public space are key to the landscape project and inspire every level of it with green spaces and car-free lanes.

The global area renewal project led by EPA Bordeaux Euratlantique features three towers giving a vertical vibration to the landscape as well as a strong identity to the site.

Hyperion is awarded the “Prix d’État Démonstrateurs industriels” for a sustainable city.

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