Project

Hypérion - Residential Tower

Bordeaux, France
2020

"Hypérion, the highest living tree" 

Program: Tower : housing units, shops, offices, parking
Location: ZAC Gare Saint Jean - Quartier Belcier, Bordeaux, France
Surface: 17.000 m²
Wooden tower: 7.000 m² / 98 housing units
Lower housing building: 5.700 m² / 78 housing units
Office building: 3.900 m²
Business: 340 m²
Parking: 151 spots
Developper: Établissement public d'aménagement (EPA) Bordeaux Euratlantique
Promoter: Eiffage Immobilier Sud-Ouest
Architect, interior and landscape: Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés
Assistant contractor - Wood engineering: Woodeum 
Assistant contractor - Fire safety: Vulcaneo
Engineering firm Structures: Terrell
Engineering firm Fluids: Cetab Ingénierie
Engineering firm Acoustics: Aïda Acoustique
Safety authority: Socotec

The Saint-Jean Belcier area is part of a wide urban renovation program. The project for this site, which is visible from the train station is to unite the necessity for the area to regenerate itself while being an ambitious showcase for the metropole. This project follows in the footsteps of the main phases of a wider city planning and development project for the old town.

Located where rue Carle Vernet meets rue d’Armagnac, the Hyperion project features several buildings with a total of 176 housing units, an underground parking ramp, an office building and shops.

The highlight of this project is the Hyperion tower, the structure of which is made of wood.

With a total height of 57 meters, the 17-floor tower is composed of 98 housing units circling a central core (elevators and stairways). The core, as well as the first three levels, is made of concrete. This rigid spine is completed by a wooden structure of beams and poles. The hard-wood floors and partitions are made of CLT wood (Cross Laminated Timber), bringing modularity and security to the building.

Surrounding the tower is a lower building composed of 55 units of social housing and 23 properties. A second lower building nearby is dedicated to offices while the ground floors of both house shops.

The notions of freshness, seasonality, shade and quality of public space are key to the landscape project and inspire every level of it with green spaces and car-free lanes.

The global area renewal project led by EPA Bordeaux Euratlantique features three towers giving a vertical vibration to the landscape as well as a strong identity to the site.

Hyperion is awarded the “Prix d’État Démonstrateurs industriels” for a sustainable city. Bordeaux Euratlantique “Living Lab” is supported by the EPA Bordeaux Euratlantique.

Agency credits

Architects : Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés
Project management architect : Christophe Charon
Project leader architect : David Sebastian Martin
Project team : Léa Desbiens, Fiona Dunlop, Alexandra Bertin, Nini Byrelid, Beat Meier, Pierre Resceurio, Enrico Cigolotti, Christel Catteau, Samuel Locus, Frédérique Heisch, Ronan Malle
Interior designers : Justine Duhautois with Alberto Vasquez
Computer generated images : Benjamin Alcover avec Jugulta Le Clerre, Khanh Chi Tran
Landscape designers : Benjamin Doré avec Alexandre Martinez, Lionel Sikora

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