BIG + FREAKS freearchitects plan MECA cultural center
 
BIG + FREAKS freearchitects plan MECA cultural center
jun 20, 2012

BIG + FREAKS freearchitects plan MECA cultural center

danish practice BIG and french firm FREAKS freearchitects, have won a competition to design ‘MECA’, the maison de l’economie creative et de la culture en equitane in bordeaux, france. positioned along the historic garonne riverfront, the looping structure  will contain three regional visual and performing arts agencies within one location, framing a centralized and outdoor public space for events overlooking the water. the 12,000 square meter building integrates contemporary art, a performing arts institution, and center for literature and movies. a promenade rises to form a roof above the lobbies, generating the urban room’s stage with skylit galleries below and then returns to ground level to continue the pedestrian route.

BIG + FREAKS freearchitects plan MECA cultural center
the looping structure frames a centralized outdoor performing space

 

 

‘when a region or a city invests millions in a major new cultural institution – it often ends up benefiting only the informed few that already have an interest in the arts. not only does the méca spill its activities into the public realm and the urban room, but the public is also invited to walk around, through, above and below the new cultural gateway. by inviting the art into the city and the city into the arts, the méca will provide opportunities for new hybrids of cultural and social life beyond the specific definitions of its constituent parts.’bjarke ingels, founding partner, BIG

BIG + FREAKS freearchitects plan MECA cultural center
rooftop terrace

 

 

the three regional entities composing the program are idiomatic to the french public way of supporting and promoting culture all over the territory. working on the méca building in bordeaux is a great occasion to cross views and balance between international references and local issues.’guillaume aubry, cyril gauthier & yves pasquet, founding partners, FREAKS freearchitects

BIG + FREAKS freearchitects plan MECA cultural center
centralized outdoor performing space

BIG + FREAKS freearchitects plan MECA cultural center
interior space transitioning from the outdoor performance area

BIG + FREAKS freearchitects plan MECA cultural center
interior performing space

BIG + FREAKS freearchitects plan MECA cultural center
interior

BIG + FREAKS freearchitects plan MECA cultural center
model

BIG + FREAKS freearchitects plan MECA cultural center
model

BIG + FREAKS freearchitects plan MECA cultural center
rooftop terrace

BIG + FREAKS freearchitects plan MECA cultural center
centralized outdoor performance area

BIG + FREAKS freearchitects plan MECA cultural center
at night

BIG + FREAKS freearchitects plan MECA cultural center

BIG + FREAKS freearchitects plan MECA cultural center

BIG + FREAKS freearchitects plan MECA cultural center

BIG + FREAKS freearchitects plan MECA cultural center

BIG + FREAKS freearchitects plan MECA cultural center

 

 

project info:

 

type: competition
client: conseil regional daquitaine
collaborators: BIG, FREAKS freearchitects, ducks sceno, khephren ingeniere, upers, alto ingeniere, vincent hedo NT, PBNL, myrk & moriceru, PH.R
size: 12,350 m2
location: bordeaux, france
status: in progress

  • We absolutely love the interior – did you have a look at the red artefact extending from the ceiling? Mind blowing if you ask me! Great design I hope would see the light of day.

    [url=http://www.hollandgreen.co.uk/] Holland and Green [/url]

    Holland and Green
  • These Freak-guys are up and coming!

    Maxu
  • I personally like the slipway and the red crocodile: HA!
    Did you know that crocodiles and gators can move their liver to change their center of gravity while in water?

    Cheers!

    michele
  • So bad
    The worst combination of architects ever.
    stupid project
    go back playing ping pong

    bjarke ingels
  • SO much space to do SO little.

    AAB
  • sorry, we’re out of spacial ideas, but we can do nice renderings, though

    erm

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