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Bordeaux, France

Competition won in 2016

Tower : housing units, shops, offices, parking
Location: Saint Jean-Belcier area, Bordeaux, France
Built area: 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 and client: Eiffage Immobilier Sud-Ouest
Contractor: Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés
Planner: Établissement public d'aménagement (EPA) Bordeaux Euratlantique
Engineering firms: Terrell (structure), Cetab Ingénierie (Fluids), Aïda Acoustique (Acoustics), Woodeum (Wood engineering), Vulcaneo (Fire safety), Socotec (Safety authority)

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Hyperion will be the first residential tower made of wood in France, in the city center of Bordeaux, close to the new TGV (high speed train) station. 

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

Partner/Leading architect: Christophe Charon
Leading 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
Landscape designers: Benjamin Doré, Alexandre Martinez, Lionel Sikora
Interior designers: Justine Duhautois, Alberto Vasquez
Computer generated images: Benjamin Alcover, Jugulta Le Clerre, Khanh Chi Tran