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Ilot Queyries Housing in Bordeaux
11 Apr 2022
Location: Bordeaux, southeast France
Photos: agrob-buchtal.de/ OssipArchitectuurfotogr, Rotterdam
Ilot Queyries Housing, France
The Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has completed a residential complex in Bordeaux: Ilot Queyries is unusual in many respects, but its striking ceramic outer skin is the most special. The building sculpture is located to the east of the River Garonne, directly opposite France’s largest cathedral, which is an architectural highlight marking the historic centre of Bordeaux.
The architects want the new building to give the life of the growing city a future-proof design. They are reflecting the master plan of the old town on the bank side of the Bastide Niel and making the new residential area, which borders a park-like green space, a visual landmark in the district. As naturally as if it was meant to be, the future of the city is thus linked to its history. A contemporary interpretation of the architectural traditions of Bordeaux.
Anyone thinking about ceramic façades is probably thinking about smaller houses in southern countries. The dimensions here are completely different and yet, in many ways, the material proves to be the right choice for Ilot Queyries. The impressive new building grabs onlookers’ attention with its heights, depths and angles, but the bright, three-dimensional shell of the building attracts admiring glances from afar. Differently shaped tiles from the Agrob Buchtal KeraTwin system make this possible. They skilfully capture the light and give the architecture a vibrant, sculptural appearance with the reflections of the sun and shadows transforming it into a ceramic landmark. The tiled façade surfaces also boldly transition over the roofs. Their sharp, precise edges stand out from the red plaster of the inner courtyard, which contrasts as it wends its way outside through cut-throughs, openings and passageways.
MVRDV created the master plan for this 35-hectare area, which will create a sustainable environment dominated by pedestrians and cyclists, with narrow streets and the atmosphere of a historic city centre. Schippan explains: “Ilot Queyries is just outside the boundaries of Bastide Niel, but conforms to all the guidelines we have drawn up for the district.”
The material is the key
For MVRDV, the Ilot Queyries project is a kind of laboratory of the modern city that combines intimacy with density, ecology, light and comfort. Buildings extending to a length of 200 metres, 10,000 m2 ceramic façades, the heights of which rise to up to nine floors and have a dynamic angle of 14 to 45 degrees – a glance at the key data makes one thing clear: without the support of a project-specific and trailblazing surface design, this unconventional and identity-forming architecture would have struggled to succeed. The AGROB BUCHTAL ceramic specialists created and produced special designs of the KeraTwin intelligent façade system for Ilot Queyries to meet the architects’ specifications.
First and foremost, the non-standard colour: MVRDV carefully selected defined light grey, which brings the vertically laid tiles together to form a harmonious façade. The building blends subtly into the neighbouring architecture. The true design-led virtuosity of ceramic as a façade material is revealed by the combination of its colour and three-dimensional texture. Reflecting the light beautifully, it lends an almost unlimited number of shadows to the monochrome colour. The Agrob Buchtal specialists therefore developed ceramic elements with three different profiles for Ilot Queyries to meet the architects’ specifications. Their sublime locations not only breathe life into the colour, but also allow the residents and passers-by to experience the entire diversity of their building.
Apart from the contextual and design-based considerations, the light exterior colour is also motivated by environmental concerns, as MVRDV partner Schippan stresses, to lend the building a high level of ‘albedo’ (the ability of a surface to reflect solar radiation), which helps to avoid the urban heat island effect. And without question, one of the most important parameters for sustainable city construction is also the achievement of durable building lifecycles. Agrob Buchtal ceramic façades are equipped with Hytect technology, an innovative surface with a self-washing effect. This innovative refinement ensures that Ilot Queyries will continue to radiate aesthetically even when a new era overtakes the innovative architecture and refers to it as a historic building sculpture in the district.
Until then, the antibacterial Hytect files will withstand any weathering, pollution and moss formation, impressing with their significantly low maintenance costs. They also destroy pollutants, like nitrous oxides, contributing to a healthier air quality: a gift to the inhabitants of the city of the future.
Ilot Queyries Housing in Bordeaux, France – Building Information
Architects: MVRDV – https://www.mvrdv.com/
Official project name: Ilot Queyries
Location: Bordeaux, France
Project completion date: 2021
Name of the collection: KeraTwin K20
Material: Ceramic facade system
Dimension: 135 x 25 cm and four different three-dimensional special cross-sections
Colours: Special colour light grey glossy
Product launch date: 2019
About AGROB BUCHTAL
Displaying a high degree of quality and discerning design in the form of ceramic, AGROB BUCHTAL offers architects a “raw material for architecture” that reveals the scope of design. At the same time, consistently systematic concepts ensure the essential basis despite the great variety of ceramic tiles, colours, and formats.
The innovative HYTECT surface coating offers revolutionary properties, providing valuable contributions to environmental protection. High flexibility during the development of individual solutions and services, such as the Architects’ Service which has been appreciated for several decades, has also contributed to the reputation enjoyed by the company.
Photography: agrob-buchtal.de/ OssipArchitectuurfotogr, Rotterdam
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