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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

MECA in Bordeaux, France by Big Bjarke Ingels Group

 
July 5th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Big Bjarke Ingels Group

This project brings together three cultural institutions into one building: FRAC (the Aquitaine Regional Fund for Contemporary Art), ECLA (the Cultural Agency for Writing, Music, Film & Broadcasting), and OARA (the Artistic Office of the Aquitaine Region for performing arts). Together, they are transformed into a single institution: the Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine – the MÉCA. We propose a building integrated with the waterfront promenade of Bordeaux to allow public life to flow through the MÉCA.

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  • Architects: Big Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Project: MECA (MAISON DE L’ÉCONOMIE CRÉATIVE ET DE LA CULTURE EN AQUITAINE)
  • Location: Bordeaux, France
  • Client: Conseil régional d’Aquitaine
  • Collaborators: FREAKS freearchitects, dUCKS scéno, Khephren Ingénierie, VPEAS, ALTO Ingénierie, Vincent Hedont, PBNL, Mryk & Moriceau, Ph.ALMON
  • Project Team:

    • Partners in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Klok Pedersen, Finn Nørkjær
    • Project Leader: Gabrielle Nadeau
    • Project Manager: Jakob Sand
    • Team: Jan Magasanik, Teresa Fernández, Zoltan David Kalaszi, Thiago de Almeida, Ola Hariri, Michael Schønemann, Thomas Jakobsen Randbøll, Greta Krenciute, Snorre Nash, Édouard Champalle, Lorenzo Boddi, Yang Du, Karol Borkowski
  • Size: 12350 m2
  • Date: 21/05/2012
  • Status: Under Construction

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The three institutions and their shared facilities are gathered around a public space framing a fifth program – and outdoor urban room – open towards both Bordeaux and the Garonne – as well as the OARA, ECLA and FRAC – left, right, above and below. The urban room will frame the everyday life of Bordeaux flowing through the expansive space along the promenade or to and from the river. On special occasions, it will turn in to an urban stage, or an outdoor gallery to extend the art into the city, as well as the city into the architecture. The urban room is at once a frame for the artwork, a stage for the performances, a screening room for the media collections and perhaps most importantly an open room for the urban life of Bordeaux to flow through and engage with the arts.

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