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Delivery of an energy-efficient rehabilitation of 510 housing units

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The rehabilitation project for the Maurice Thorez housing estate, carried out on an occupied site, is part of a process of reinvesting in the pre-existing neighbourhood. This complex project involves the renovation of 10 buildings comprising 510 housing units over a surface area of more than 30,000 sqm.

The Maurice Thorez housing estate was at the heart of a vast urban requalification project. The aim of this requalification was to develop soft mobility, the enhancement of buildings, and “better living together”.
The rehabilitation project allowed the creation of a central square, a strong element of “social cohesion” in the district. A real “agora”, a place of crossings and exchanges, it will allow the articulation between the Maurice Thorez district and its neighbourhood.
The project is part of a sustainable development approach by obtaining CERQUAL Qualitel Certification environmental certification. To achieve this objective, the 10 buildings have undergone extensive work to improve their energy performance. The renovation of the facades has resulted in a fourfold reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The green spaces and car parks have also been embellished.

Delivery of a wooden construction

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After the delivery of the Ekla building in 2021, we are delivering the second building of the operation by Fayat Immobilier. Located within the Parc Ausone in Bruges, the Ekilibre residence, a biosourced construction (wooden frame walls and CLT floors) accommodates 29 apartments offering large balconies with a view of the park.

Mérignac Les Ardillos, project delivered

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Delivery of the last buildings of the vast requalification operation of the Ardillos site. Realized as an exemplary eco-district, the park located in the center of Mérignac offers 526 new housing units combining sustainable development and social diversity.
The BELLECOUR studio delivers three buildings of 90 housing units labeled Effinergie+.

Ekla, first building delivered

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Two apartment buildings, one in wood, the other in concrete, built by the BELLECOUR studio on behalf of FAYAT Immobilier. The opportunity for the client and the design team to simultaneously implement two different construction systems for the benefit of similar programs.

Delivery of the second Ekilibre building is scheduled for early 2022.

Wooden building, construction in progress

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Bruges, Ausone, apartment building. Launched in early February, the timber construction site is gaining height. Installation of timber frame walls, and the CLT floor, the building now rises to the fourth floor. The low energy consumption operation will welcome its first tenants in early 2022.

Rehabilitation of the Maurice Thorez residence

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Occupied site, complex construction site of 30,000 square meters within the Maurice Thorez residence in Bègles.

The rehabilitation of 10 buildings with 510 housing units is progressing rapidly. While the Eiffage Construction site teams are finalizing the interior work, the renovation of the facades is continuing. Work aimed at improving the energy performance of buildings to reach the BBC renovation level and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4. Full delivery of the operation will take place in spring 2022.

Planning permission application for 46 residential units

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Planning permission application for the operation of 46 collective and individual housing in Bruges. The project is located in a territory with generous planted spaces and the shores of the lake. Apartments with generous balconies and individual houses with intimate gardens in a building that does not exceed two floors.

513 Residences targeting trainees in Agen

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The APIJ (L’Agence Publique pour l’Immobilier de la Justice) has invited BELLECOUR architects to compete in the design competition for the construction of a residential plot comprising 513 dwellings to be used by trainees from l’Ecole Nationale de l’Administration Pénitentiaire in Agen.

In collaboration with GTM Construction and Arbonis, the project was designed using 3D modules formed from factory prefabricated wooden frames with integrated equipment

Gold Label for the Sustainable Building in the Mediterranean

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The Carmelha project in Monaco, a 100% timber construction, promises major innovations.  A 10 storey tower within a seismic zone, the project has passed the approval and classification process.

The latest update, label BD2M Bâtiment Durable Méditerranéen (Sustainable Building in the Mediterranean), Carmelha achieved the Gold Standard.


Energy transition, a wooden national building in Monaco

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Construction – Eco-responsible awareness also affects the building sector in Monaco. For its state-owned Carmelha operation, which will see the light of day between the boulevard d’Italie and the avenue Saint-Roman, the public works department is working on an innovative building project that consumes less energy and is more respectful of the environment.


Urban settlement in Rouen Flaubert

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Rouen Normandie Aménagement the organisation responsible for City Planning has awarded the design of the Macrot-lot 11 Rives du Canal, Rouen Flaubert to the Groupe Odyssée.

BELLECOUR architects was invited to participate as part of the program involving 8,900 sqm Commercial, 5,000 sqm Residential, two schools, Retail and services. A mixed plot totaling nearly 20,000 sqm.

Delivery of 84 Residential Units in Cenon

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Located alongside the transport hub “la Zac Pont Rouge,” the project comprises 84 rental apartments spread across three buildings all located around a central landscaped courtyard, the apartments will be owned and run by the social housing manager “Aquitanis.”  The buildings overlook avenue Jean-Jaurès and the place publique providing easy access to local retail, services and restaurants.

Ubisoft Competition, Bordeaux

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To support the growth of their Design Studios in Bordeaux, Ubisoft is launching a competition to design new offices able to hold a 600 strong workforce. The new 7,000 sqm building could be built in a number of different locations.  BELLECOUR studio, being invited to compete, has selected the Bassins à Flot site, as the location for their design proposal.

Delivery of Innovative start-up company center

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Cité Descartes, located in the town of Champs-sur-Marne has been designated a future laboratory of innovations in sustainable cities.  To this end the BELLECOUR studio will deliver “la Maison de l’Entreprise Innovante” on behalf of “la Communauté d’Agglomération” Paris Vallée de la Marne and the CCI Seine et Marne.

Le project is composed of an incubator, a start-up, an innovative start-up company centre as well as a Fablab. The project, as much a technical response as an architectural one to a dedicated program, implements the use of a specialist plastic roofing system revealing its function to inspire innovation.

WOODRISE 2017, the “Silva” project in the spotlight

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By hosting the Woodrise International Congress next September, Bordeaux is to become the world’s capital of medium and high-rise wood construction. At the event, exhibitions and presentations will demonstrate innovative achievements as well as valuable insight into how the key players operate in the wood industry.

The “Silva” project designed by STUDIO BELLECOUR and ART & BUILD will be in the spotlight on several occasions:

Tuesday 5th September at 6:30 pm – Evening followed by a cocktail
At the opening ceremony of the “Tram du Bois,” presentation of the project in the presence of Kaufman & Broad, Project Manager of the operation.
Maison de l’Architecture d’Aquitaine 308 Avenue Thiers 33100 Bordeaux > Tram line A – stop : Galin

Wednesday 6th September at 4:00pm
Presentation of the project to the organisation AROSHA (Regional Social Housing Union, Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Maison du Projet de Bordeaux-Euratlantique – 74-76 rue Carle Vernet 33800 Bordeaux > Tram line A – stop : Carle Vernet

Tuesday 12th September at 2:00pm
As part of the day dedicated to architecture bringing together international experts around innovative projects, architects Wilfrid Bellecour and Steven Ware will speak during a meeting with the Belgian delegation.
Maison du Projet de Bordeaux-Euratlantique – 74-76 rue Carle Vernet 33800 Bordeaux > > Tram line A – stop : Carle Vernet

Wednesday 13th September at 10:00am
Conferences within the confines of the Woodrise congress, a time of speech by the designers of the project will be dedicated to universal and timeless material, free from the phenomena of fashion.
Palais des congrès – Avenue Jean Gabriel Domergue, 33300 Bordeaux
> Tram line C – stop : Palais des congrès

Friday 15th September from 9:00am to 12:00 noon
The technological institute FCBA will open its doors during a seismic test on the model of the “Silva” project.
FCBA – Allée de Boutaut, 33000 Bordeaux > Tram line C – stop : Place Ravezies

Exé #28 – Interview with Wilfrid Bellecour

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Silva / Art Build + Bellecour architects

“Designed jointly by Art & Build and the Studio Bellecour Architects, the mixed lot includes an integrated multi storey car park on which stands a 50 metre high, 18 storey, 115 unit Residential tower and a 7-storey Commercial building, a total of 69 Social Residential units in two plots with Retail units on the ground floor. Whilst independent from each other, each part of the program shares common ground with the city. Transparent, this high-rise project shows off its exoskeleton behind a curtain wall of immense frames of laminated timber”.

Focus on urban planning Bordeaux Métropole / Le Moniteur n°5867

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Towers made of wood

“Bordeaux Euratlantique wants to build 20,000 sqm (215,000 sqft) of wood-frame construction every year. The following were selected for the first two constructions with a wooden tower: the Hyperion tower by Jean-Paul Viguier for Eiffage and the Silva tower by Art & Build and Studio Bellecour for Kaufman & Broad. The companies Techniwood, IBS, Sacba, and Elioth were also involved. This 18-storey tower, will also be 50 metres high and will consist of more than 50% wood, with a giant timber primary structure…”

Delivery of 202 Residential Units, éco-quartier Ginko

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In Bordeaux, the Studio Bellecour will deliver a housing program consisting of 133 Social Residential units for Adoma as well as 41 Social Residential units and 28 Residential units for purchase on behalf of Bouygues Immobiler. This operation is part of the urban planning of the Zac de Devillers associates and Brochet Lajus Pueyo.

Studio Bellecour are invited to compete

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On 27th February, ADIVBois officially launched the contest phase to select the teams that will realize Les Immeubles à Vivre Bois. The Studio Bellecour has been invited to participate in several programs.

The winners will be announced on 12th September 2017 during Woodrise in Bordeaux.


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New year, new address … The Studio BELLECOUR is pleased to announce the opening of an additional branch office in Toulouse:

6, rue Lafon 31000 TOULOUSE

Les Echos Industry & Services

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France aims for the world record for the highest wooden residential towers

“The Mayor of Bordeaux, Alain Juppé, announced the construction, in his city, of the two highest wooden towers in the world. 50 metres tall and comprising 18 storeys, they will be built by Eiffage and Kaufman & Broad.”

The SILVA wooden tower is awarded the laureate

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of the competition

EPA Bordeaux-Euratlantique sets the goal to build the new global reference in tall wooden construction; the ZAC Saint-Jean Belcier with two wooden towers, 50 metres tall. The first in the world! The team from Studio Bellecour and Art&Build, supported by Kaufman&Broad, was selected for lot 4.9. The design of the tower, christened SILVA, sets a benchmark as it will be built from 80% wood and equipped with a primary structure of giant timber columns.

CEA project

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Offices for the Atomic Energy Commission : demolition, reconstruction and rehabilitation of two industrial buildings from the 60s to tertiary offices, conference room, archives…

China – International Office Building – Modernity + Creation

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Galilée is one of the debut projects realized in the UDZ (Urban Development Zone) Andromède, in Blagnac, near Toulouse in France. The particular urban details of this UDZ in Blagnac provided a unique climate for the development of a quality architectural project. The aesthetic of Galilée results from a combination of an interpretation of these urban rules, the immediate aeronautical context, and from the environmental requirements given in the specifications of the UDZ.

Le Galilée / Archistorm

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For Bellecour Wilfrid, sustainable development has to be integrated into the overall design of the building. On Andromède UDZ, near the airport Blagnc, Galilée shows that the norms a priori suffered can be the driving force for architectural design.

China – SURMOUNT Style + Copy

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Social Housing in Angers, France

The project sets within a mission of movement and punctuation. With this framework, a typological approach seeks to combine the urban scale of the street with its surrounding area. The project maintains the necessary “boundaries” between the building and the street while taking into account the area’s density. The result produces an intimate residential atmosphere while maintaining the autonomy of the individual units, which break away from the standard “concrete block” and its the negative stereotyping.

Office building« Le Galilée » / Construction Moderne

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Unifying and plastic, office building “The Galilee” is one of the first programs made in the Andromede UDZ in Blagnac. The aesthetics of the project results directly from the interpretation of the urban rules, the airport context and requirements HQE data in the specification of the UDZ. The building is organized in two parallel separate buildings connected by a long veil of white concrete which, starting from the vertical, curves slowly to the horizontal in a large movement of helix. This veil provides continuity between the two buildings while allowing to discover the landscape back to its depth.

UDZ Lénine – Lot C in Gentilly / Le Courrier de l’Architecte

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81 residential units signed by Studio Bellecour. Extensive operation led by Eiffage Development, the program of Lenin UDZ in Gentilly, presents approximately 550 free and social homes, including housings for students and researchers, a gymnasium and associated offices, available in five architectural competitions. Focus on project Eiffage Real Estate/Opaly, architect Studio Bellecour.

China – Office Building Now

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Le Galilée.

The plan is centered on two distinct buildings which are connected by a long white concrete veil. The veil, the primary feature of the overall plan, blends vertical and horizontal motions as it slowly curves in a helical movement. (…)

Works start

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Execution in Floirac – Quais UDZ
Operation of 116 residential units
(57 rental social housings, 30 to buy and 29 to buy off plan)
Qualitel certification, Effinergie low consumption building option

China / IN GREEN ! – Public Architecture

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Galilee in France. Galilée is one of the debut projects realised in the UDZ (Urban Development Zone) Andromède, in Blagnac, near Toulouse in France. The particular urban details of this UDZ in Blagnac provided a unique climate for development of a quality architectural project. (…)

England / Archdaily

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by Andrew Rosenberg.

The projects sets within a mission of movement and punctuation. With this framework, a typological approach seeks to combine the urban scale of street with its surrounding area. (…)