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MÉCA by BIG and FREAKS freearchitects

Danish architects BIG and French studio FREAKS freearchitects have designed a cultural centre for Bordeaux with a huge stage in its middle.

MÉCA by BIG and FREAKS freearchitects

Named MÉCA, which is an acronym for Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine, the centre will provide a combined new home for visual arts organisation FRAC, performing arts centre the OARA and literature/movie organisation the ECLA.

MÉCA by BIG and FREAKS freearchitects

The surrounding riverfront landscape will ramp up through the building's rectangular central hollow to provide a public square for outdoor exhibitions and events that is directly above the ground floor lobbies.

MÉCA by BIG and FREAKS freearchitects

Both the building and the surrounding waterside promenade will be clad in limestone, matching most of the city's historical architecture.

MÉCA by BIG and FREAKS freearchitects

BIG have also recently designed a skyscraper shaped like a hash symbol, while earlier this year FREAKS freearchitects stuck huge dimension arrows onto a well-known building in Paris.

MÉCA by BIG and FREAKS freearchitects

See all our stories about BIG here and see all our stories about FREAKS freearchitects here.

MÉCA by BIG and FREAKS freearchitects

Here's some information from BIG:


BIG DESIGNS A MÉCA TO CULTURE IN BORDEAUX, FRANCE

Team BIG+FREAKS freearchitects, dUCKS scéno, Khephren Ingénierie, VPEAS, ALTO Ingénierie, Vincent Hedont, PBNL, Mryk & Moriceau, Ph.A wins the competition to design a new 12 000 m2 cultural center on the riverfront of Bordeaux, merging three cultural institutions into one single building.

MÉCA by BIG and FREAKS freearchitects

The new Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine, MÉCA, located on the historical riverfront of Bordeaux will house three regional visual and performing arts agencies FRAC, the ECLA and the OARA in one single institution.

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The Regional Council of Bordeaux selected the winning team among proposals from SANAA, the Toulouse-based firm W-Architectures and Bordeaux-based FLINT.

MÉCA by BIG and FREAKS freearchitects

BIG’s proposal arranges the new center for contemporary art, the performing arts institution and the center for literature and movies around a public space open towards the city of Bordeaux and the Garonne River.

MÉCA by BIG and FREAKS freearchitects

The building is conceived as a single loop of public space and cultural institutions as the pavement of the promenade rises to form the roof of the main lobbies, ascends vertically along the stage tower of OARA, bridges across the promenade with the sky lit galleries of the FRAC and returns vertically to the ground at the archives of the ECLA in order to reunite with the waterfront promenade.

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“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.

MÉCA by BIG and FREAKS freearchitects

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.

MÉCA by BIG and FREAKS freearchitects

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.

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The urban room allows everyday life of Bordeaux to flow through its generous frame along the promenade, injecting the art into the city and the city life into the building.

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The multiple ramps and stairs of the building create an institution that is publicly accessible and welcoming on the inside as well as the outside.

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The urban room and the informal seating of the stairs will make the MÉCA a lively place and a natural extension of the life along the Quai de Paludate street and the new promenade.

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During festivals or other special occasions in the city, the outside of the MÉCA can be transformed into a stage for outdoor concerts, theatrical spectacles or art installations.

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“The urban room is at once a frame for the artwork, a stage for the performances, a screening room for the media collections and most perhaps most importantly an open room for the urban life of Bordeaux to invade and engage with the arts.” Andreas Klok Pedersen, Partner-in-Charge, BIG.

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Tailored to accommodate the proportions of the performance spaces, the backstage requirements, the archives and the art galleries, the building is tailored to the needs and desires of its individual tenants while fused to form a single urban frame.

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The building and promenade is clad in the limestone which constitutes the majority of Bordeaux’s architecture.

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As if carved from the same material as the city itself – the stone is promenade and façade, stair and terrace, roof and ceiling all together.

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“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

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Name: MÉCA - Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine
Type: Competition

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Size: 12 350 m2
Client: Conseil régional d’Aquitaine

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Collaborators: FREAKS freearchitects, dUCKS scéno, Khephren Ingénierie, VPEAS, ALTO Ingénierie, Vincent Hedont, PBNL, Mryk & Moriceau, Ph.A
Location: Bordeaux, France

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Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Klok Pedersen
Project Leader: Gabrielle Nadeau

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Project Architect: Jan Magasanik
Team: Édouard Champelle, Lorenzo Boddi, Yang Du, Karol Borkowski

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  • stopit

    ctrl+c … ctrl+v

    • Juan

      Fail!… is ctrl-c + ctrl-v = $

      I like BIG…but guys…we are bored

  • ayiaolan

    alt+f4 …

  • Grapes

    dont hate the player hate the game

  • http://www.andromeda-design.com geland1

    Nobody’s going to walk up a ramp that long… at least nobody in America would.