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With the renovation of a large popular complex in Bordeax, winner of the Mies Van Der Rohe Prize 2019, Lacaton Vassal, they put their real estate transformation strategy in the system

The transformation of 530 Grand Parc Bordeaux apartments by Lacaton Vassal architectes, Frdric Druot Architecture and Christophe Hutin Architecture the winning project of the Mies van der Rohe 2019, biennial prize for contemporary architecture awarded by the European Union.

This is the renovation of three huge popular condominiums in Bordeaux, which offers all the inhabitants a new quality of life, making a very precise inventory of the existing qualities that deserved to be preserved and had to be integrated into it. An intervention cost 50,000 for each unit, which did not increase the rent of the former tenants and did not ask them to move from their apartments during the construction works.

This sensitive approach to restructuring has made the French architecture firm Lacaton Vassal famous, whose interventions have shown that even post-war buildings, considered unlivable and hopelessly decrepit, can have a new life and, above all, that residents must be moved.

This real estate transformation strategy, demonstrated for the first time at the Tour Bois le Prtre in Paris in 2011, includes the internal reconfiguration and a profound intervention on the materials, which has made it possible to extend the housing units with winter gardens that improve thermal insulation and offer residents additional space.

The same approach, on a much larger scale, has been applied to this Bordeaux residential complex, designed in collaboration with the architects Frederick Druot and Christophe Hutin.

At a time when the commissions for new contracted buildings ask for a reduction in the surface of the apartments, the jury of the Mies van der Rohe prize explains in his press release here the volume increased, offering dignity and giving more value to the individual and the community. The high respect that architects show for those who live in these architectures translates into a refined way of working with people, space and materials.

In Bordeaux, according to the principle they had already applied in Paris, the architects created an enveloping structure added to the old facades of the concrete condominiums: a solid modular joint, made of concrete and metal, which offers each home a surface additional between 25 and 45 square meters, open on the surrounding landscape. These spaces, which have large blackout curtains and sliding polycarbonate windows, can become living rooms, terraces or winter gardens.

The program of interventions, designed so as not to ask tenants to move, has led to significant savings compared to the usual logic of destruction / reconstruction, offering moreover intelligent solutions in terms of energy saving.

The whole represents an opportunity for choice for social housing, based on optimism and modernity, full of generosity, the jury continues giving a new face to architecture and its possibilities.

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