Cap Leeuwin Mixed-use Development / Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Verons affiliate architects
Text description offered by the architects. Cap Leeuwin is a part of the big Quai des Caps growth scheme — run collectively by Fayat Immobilier and Pitch Promotion — which incorporates all kinds of developments. This operation completes the city transformation of the Bassins à Flot space within the metropolis of Bordeaux. It takes the type of 4 îlots (blocks), every of which has been given the title of a well-known maritime cape, alongside Dock n°2. As a “signal” representing the northern entrance to the town and its docks, Cap Leeuwin is the primary emblematic landmark symbolising the rebirth of the Bassins à Flot.
The constructing has a complete flooring space of 15,119 sq. metres and combines 4 totally different programmatic entities: workplaces (5,755 m2), a 3-star resort with 124 rooms (3,061 m²), an extended-stay resort with 128 studios (3,392 m²), and ground-floor outlets (2,911 m²). Its form and format are designed not just for architectural coherence, but in addition to make sure that the independence of the totally different programmes is retained in order that totally different customers keep away from getting in one another’s manner.
The design of Cap Leeuwin pays tribute to the commercial and maritime historical past of the positioning, reinterpreting it in a recent model. The constructing performs with volumes, producing a refined mixture of types and supplies referencing the commercial sheds on the quayside and the docks alongside the rue Lucien Faure. It is punctuated by two taller sections like small towers on both aspect of the plot, appearing symbolically as indicators and providing beforehand unseen views of the docks and the town.
The rules of the architectural design are additionally mirrored within the two supplies used for the façades, specifically brick, and metallic. The brick façade alongside the road emphasises the constructing’s relationship to the town. The unevenness of the hand-cast terracotta brick, in addition to its brown color, provides the constructing a singular really feel, which is accentuated by the general sample of the façade and the home windows that enliven it.
The top of the buildings regularly diminishes on the dockside; right here the façades are clad in anodised aluminium mesh that underlines the volumes and catches the sunshine, producing a refined number of hues.
The residential resort is developed round a central patio and two massive shared timber-clad planted terraces are additionally accessible to workplace customers. The first, on the first-floor degree overlooking the quayside, brings air into the central space and opens up views of the dockside. The second is on the seventh flooring of the tower alongside Place Latule, providing new sweeping views of the docks and the town.
Cap Leeuwin is licensed Breeam Very Good and WELL Building Standard Silver. The constructing is related to the heating and cooling community that provides the whole neighbourhood utilizing a wooden biomass boiler and a system that recovers energy from wastewater. Eager to assist restore the town’s ecological functionalities, we now have planted the roof terraces of the resort and workplaces with a variety of various native species and put in tools for internet hosting wildlife.