Arago eco-district rehabilitation in Pessac Martin Duplantier Architectes

The Arago residential estate, built in the 1960s, has a number of chronic problems: never maintained since its construction, its generic architecture and master plan have led to a disjointed sense of urbanity, while its social dimension remains problematic. The project takes the opposite perspective to recycle and restore its proper urban value with the existing city that surrounds it. 

Arago eco-district rehabilitation in Pessac Martin Duplantier Architectes

Sitting opposite a typical 1960s introverted neighborhood, the architects propose a diverse and open city, organized around its main axis: along the East-West park avenue, facilities and commercial areas will take place, when the creation of a green North-South axis called “la Méridienne” opens the neighborhood to existing schools and public transport on the South. In contrast with the existing buildings, they have created a number of contextualized facades made of “plugged” exterior elements, enlarging each flat’s area while improving and adapting the flat to its surroundings: large platforms to the south, bamboo-terraces over a mineral exterior space, bow-windows as sound-buffer facing rail tracks…

Source: Martin Duplantier Architectes