Urban Dock

Urban Dock

Architect
Hamonic+Masson & Associés
Location
Bordeaux, France | View Map
Project Year
2015
Category
Apartments

Housing
Takuji Shimmura

Urban Dock

Hamonic+Masson & Associés as Architects

The Bassins à flots are a 162 ha niche site, a high-quality port and manufacturing district for which Bordeaux City Council has development plans. Nicolas Michelin’s instructions are to create a link between the site and the horizon and to build on the metaphor of the factory, warehouses and the navy.


Our project is very industrial in that it is solid, compact and metal-clad. There is the occasional raised element, one 9-storey building jutting up like a periscope. That is what the project is all about: putting together a serene skyline and creating an urban form similar to a village at ground level, with footpaths to maintain a feeling of wilderness.


Situated in the north of Bordeaux between the Garonne and the Bordeaux Lake, the Bassins à flot site is an exceptional territory, mainly because of its strong industrial history. “Urban Dock” is a major element of this site and offers its habitants a quality of life. The building synthesises the city’s different aspirations, and forms a tangible link between public space and this particular lot’s private space.


“Urban Dock”‘s contemporary architectural style is reflected in its harmonious sobriety. Located in a port zone, the project has a monolithic element running throughout it that echoes the spirit of the docks. The new construction consequently offers numerous openings on to the neighbouring basins and bodies of water. The general volumetry, the choice of materials and colours also contribute to the creation of a maritime feeling. The different levels (3 storeys, 5 storeys and 9 storeys) play around with scales and privilege several orientations and multiple points of view.


The building is clad in metal, which is occasionally perforated in order to allow loggias to appear. The cladding creates an iridescent ‘double skin’, forming different transparencies and creating a shell-like image, with a shimmering exterior that provides a contrast to the white loggias located at the interior of the block.

Featured Projects
Latest Products
News
Lafine de Paris Wedding Showroom provides a unique platform for works of art
21 Jan 2022 News
Lafine de Paris Wedding Showroom provides a unique platform for works of art

In China, Huqiu Wedding City is an important wholesale and retail base for the wedding industry that... More

Peloponnese Rural House by Architectural Studio Ivana Lukovic provides needed respite for a nature-loving family
21 Jan 2022 News
Peloponnese Rural House by Architectural Studio Ivana Lukovic provides needed respite for a nature-loving family

Surrounded by picturesque olive groves in the Greek village of Kalamia, Peloponnese Rural House by A... More

New Alcalá church by Beautell Arquitectos takes a new approach to the traditional architecture of the Canary Islands
21 Jan 2022 News
New Alcalá church by Beautell Arquitectos takes a new approach to the traditional architecture of the Canary Islands

Since the 2011 demolition of the old Alcalá Church for security reasons, locals of the Canary... More

Casa en la Piedad by Cotaparedes Arquitectos offers an exploration of introspective architecture
21 Jan 2022 News
Casa en la Piedad by Cotaparedes Arquitectos offers an exploration of introspective architecture

An exploration of introspective architecture, Casa en la Piedad by Cotaparedes Arquitectos is locate... More

Austria, France, and Spain lead Mies van der Rohe Award shortlist with five nominations each
20 Jan 2022 News
Austria, France, and Spain lead Mies van der Rohe Award shortlist with five nominations each

A seven member jury, consisting of Tatiana Bilbao, chairwoman, Francesca Ferguson, Mia Hägg, Tr... More

25 best architecture firms in New York City
20 Jan 2022 News
25 best architecture firms in New York City

New York City is defined by its energy — but also by its buildings. A city of creators, it is... More

Ca na Riera apartment renovation creatively develops a narrow floor plan to meet contemporary needs
19 Jan 2022 News
Ca na Riera apartment renovation creatively develops a narrow floor plan to meet contemporary needs

A renovation of a flat in Barcelona’s Eixample, Ca na Riera is located on a chamfer, resulting... More

Center for Maine Contemporary Art engages in a dialogue with the urban realm while recalling an industrial seacoast past
19 Jan 2022 News
Center for Maine Contemporary Art engages in a dialogue with the urban realm while recalling an industrial seacoast past

Located in the City of Rockford, the new Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) by Toshiko Mori Ar... More