MVRDV to upgrade historic French city with modern, ecological design

June 15, 2017 by  
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France’s historic Bordeaux World Heritage Site is getting a modern ecological refresh thanks to prolific Rotterdam-based firm MVRDV . Working together with local architecture studio Flint , the architects unveiled Ilot Queyries, a pilot project for a new neighborhood that combines the European city’s historic qualities with eco-friendly and contemporary features. The dense and mixed-use masterplan not only calls for modern architecture and green space, but will also include solar panels, an integrated water system, and optimization of natural lighting in all buildings. Located east of the River Garonne, the 2.5-hectare Ilot Queyries neighborhood occupies a coveted riverside site with views towards the water and the historic city. The mixed-use masterplan comprises over 300 apartments, commercial units, a glass-fronted rooftop restaurant, and a large public park located at the heart of the development with a garden of alder, birch, and high grasses. To optimize views, natural ventilation , and access to daylight , the architects designed the building facades with 45-degree angles. These angular buildings give the development a modern sculptural aesthetic. A large landmark building at the riverfront will feature a unique angled facade covered with varying gold shades of ceramic tiles for a beautifully textured effect. Related: MVRDV transforms an abandoned highway into a “plant village” in the sky “For the Bastide Niel master plan we make an update of the European city: based on the values of the historic city that is intimate, dense and mixed, whilst at the same time proposing new objectives like sunlight for all, even on the ground floor, new energy supplies with solar panels , integrated water system and more green spaces,” said MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas. “The concept of the cuts of the volumes is introduced here at Ilot Queyries which can be interpreted as a pilot project of the master plan Bastide Niel. Cuts in the volume allow the new qualities and allow adapting to the neighbours and mimic the height of nearby buildings. The result is ‘a true Grande Dame’ which stretches from very low pavilion-like housing towards the neighbourhoods at the back and more ambitious and monumental where the scale permits to do so, for example at the Garonne riverside facing the historic left bank.” Ilot Queyries is located next to and is a part of the larger ZAC Bastide-Niel masterplan, also designed by MVRDV, that aims to create an inviting, attractive, and greener extension to Bourdeaux’s city center. Ilot Queyries will be completed in mid-2019. + MVRDV Images via MVRDV

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New City of Wine museum in Bordeaux looks like wine swirling in a glass

July 21, 2016 by  
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The shape of La Cité du Vin references wine in a variety of ways; it could be interpreted to mimic gnarled vine stock or wine swirling in a glass. Its round volumes are clad in silk-screen printed glass panels and perforated, lacquered aluminum panels that change appearance depending on the time of day. Related: Italy’s Green-Roofed Antinori Winery is Topped With a Vineyard! Two entrances on opposite sides of the building facilitate and accentuate movement and flow, leading visitors to the highest point of the structure-an observation tower offering expansive views of the city. The ground floor features numerous mirrored surfaces that encourage visitors to move up towards the light, just like a vine plant grows upwards towards the sun. Wooden structural elements visible in the interior are reminiscient of boats, wine, and its travels. + XTU Architects Via World Architecture News Photos by XTU Architects

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ANMA transformed marine hangars into a naturally-ventilated housing block in Bordeaux

July 17, 2015 by  
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Stunning animated Vortex sculpture uses LEDs to show its site’s energy consumption

December 5, 2014 by  
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Sublime Wine Storage Unit Lights up the Night with Low Energy LEDs in France

November 17, 2014 by  
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France Breaks Ground on Europe’s Largest Solar PV Plant

November 6, 2014 by  
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While Germany has spent the last few years stealing the headlines for its remarkable advances in renewable energy infrastructure, neighboring France has, up until now, remained relatively silent on the matter of green energy. But this week Paris-based company Neoen broke ground on a 300 MW, $450 million photovoltaic grid-connected installation at Cestas, which will provide power to nearby Bordeaux from October 2015—and the facility will be the largest photovoltaic power plant in Europe. Read the rest of France Breaks Ground on Europe’s Largest Solar PV Plant Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bordeaux , cestas , Europe , france , germany , green energy , grid connected , grid parity , photovoltaic , renewable energy , solar , solar farm , solar panels , solar power plant , Spain

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Thailand’s LEED Platinum-Seeking Super Tower Will be Southeast Asia’s Tallest Skyscraper

November 6, 2014 by  
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Bangkok will soon be home to ASEAN’s tallest skyscraper and what may be the third tallest building in the world. Leading Thai property developer Grand Canal Land Public Company (G Land) recently broke ground on the Rama IX Super Tower project, a 125-story skyscraper measuring over 2,000 feet tall. Designed by Architects 49 Ltd. , the $550 million LEED Platinum-seeking building will be developed as part of the Grand Rama 9, the city’s new central business district. Read the rest of Thailand’s LEED Platinum-Seeking Super Tower Will be Southeast Asia’s Tallest Skyscraper Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “sustainable architecture” , ASEAN , Bangkok , energy-efficient skyscraper , G Land , Grand Canal Land Public Company , Grand Rama 9 , LEED platinum , leed platinum skyscraper , skyscraper , southeast asia , Supe Tower Project , super tower , Thailand

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Revolutionary White Solar Panels Cool Down Buildings While Generating Electricity

November 6, 2014 by  
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Swiss non-profit tech company CSEM has developed a new type of solar panel that can be seamlessly integrated into the walls of buildings. The photovoltaic panels are available in different colors and have no visible connections. This allows architects to subtly incorporate solar panels into their projects, and the panels keep buildings cooler to boot. Read the rest of Revolutionary White Solar Panels Cool Down Buildings While Generating Electricity Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: CSEM , Energy Consumption , energy efficient buildings , green technology , solar panels , Solar Power , solar technology , swiss solar technology , white solar panels

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Tiny Off-Grid Le Tronc Creux Shelters Blend into Bordeaux’s Forests Like Old Tree Trunks

October 28, 2013 by  
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Chinoiserie: A Breezy Pop-Up Shelter Inspired by Mongolian Yurts

May 1, 2013 by  
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