Méca by BIG and FREAKS freearchitects

A limestone façade will blend the contemporary structure with the classical architectural elements of Bordeaux.

BORDEAUX – The city is soon be home to a cultural centre whose limestone façade will blend the ultra contemporary structure with the city's traditional architectural heritage.

According to Copenhagen-based architect Bjarke Ingels, the 12,000-sq-m centre will benefit the entire community; it will not only house an arts centre but also an outdoor stage for performances to engage and entertain locals.

The building will be arranged as a giant looping cube with a cut-out square (and stage) in its centre. Dubbed an 'urban room,' the public will be invited to flow through the building’s outdoor space, relax on the steps or enjoy a concert, show or installation.

‘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,’ says Andreas Klok Pedersen, the partner in charge of the project from BIG.

Inside will be a performing arts theatre and centre for contemporary art, literature and movies. The project will be realized in collaboration with FREAKS freearchitects.


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