Following the inauguration of La Cité du Vin on 31st May, three other cultural facilities will open in Bordeaux with equally symbolic architecture: the large concert hall ARENA on the east bank of the Garonne, the creative economy center, Maison de l’Économie Créative d’Aquitaine (MECA) on the west bank in the heart of the future Bordeaux Euratlantique district and the Musée de la Mer et de la Marine (the Museum of the Sea) in Bassins à Flot.
Bordeaux Métropole Aréna, a white concrete boulder sitting on the water’s edge
It’s full steam ahead for the future concert hall Bordeaux Métropole Arena in Floirac on the east bank of the Garonne! The laying of the foundation stone of this metropolitan facility on 11 April, attended by the famous architect Rudy Ricciotti, signaled the start of the construction project.
With a seating capacity of 10,300, this hall due to open at the start of 2018 will host major cultural and sports events and variety shows.
Construction of this large hall situated at the end of the future Jean-Jacques Bosc bridge (2019) was entrusted to the Bouygues-Lagardère group and constituted an investment of €77 million.
President of Lagardère Live Entertainment Jérôme Langlet said: “Major international artists will come here, that’s certain. It will be a very nice hall in an attractive city. Artists too want to enjoy themselves and some have been twice round the world but never visited Bordeaux”.
MECA, home of the regional creative economy
Construction work will start on the west bank in the new Bordeaux Euratlantique district in early June and delivery is scheduled for early 2019. MECA will group together the cultural association l’Office Artistique de la Région Aquitaine, the modern art collections of the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain and the cultural organization Ecrit, Cinéma, Livre, Audiovisuel (ECLA).
The architect is the agency BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen, Denmark) which has partnered with FREAKS (Paris, France). This new regional cultural center with a net floor area of 13,685 m² will be primarily geared towards professionals (80 people) but will also be open to the public, offering magnificent views over the Garonne.
The cost of construction is €58 million, 90% of which is funded by the regional council.
Musée de la Mer et de la Marine beside the Garonne
This museum backed by the Bordeaux developer Norbert Fradin, was entrusted to the architect Olivier Brochet and built in the new Bassins à Flot district, close to La Cité du Vin, and will be at the heart of this new attractive tourist destination in Bordeaux.
Norbert Fradin said “If there’s one city in France and across the world illegible to host a large museum dedicated to the sea and the navy, it is Bordeaux”.
The works, which will start on 28 April for delivery at the end of 2018, represent an investment of €20 million.
The museum will include permanent or temporary exhibition halls, an auditorium, screening theatres, a library, restaurant and café in a 6000-m² surface area.
Visitors will be able to discover life size boats, typical parts of historic or legendary boats, decorative items like figureheads, equipment and items used during life at sea and in maritime activity, historical models of large boats, naval artwork etc. The exhibition will be presented within an interactive layout and scenography, making the building a lively and vibrant cultural center.
(Sources: Sud Ouest 12 and 14/04/2016; 20 Minutes Bordeaux 19/04/2016, Rue89 Bordeaux 12/04/2016)