Bjarke Ingels Group propose a building integrated with the waterfront promenade of Bordeaux to allow public life to flow through the MÉCA.
The three institutions and their shared facilities are gathered around a public space framing a fifth program – and outdoor urban room – open towards both Bordeaux and the Garonne – as well as the OARA, ECLA and FRAC – left, right, above and below.
The urban room will frame the everyday life OF Bordeaux flowing through the expansive space along the promenade or to and from the river.
On special occasions, it will turn in to an urban stage, or an outdoor gallery to extend the art into the city, as well as the city into the architecture.
The urban room is at once a frame for the artwork, a stage for the performances, a screening room for the media collections and perhaps most importantly an open room for the urban life of Bordeaux to flow through and engage with the arts.
Photo credits: BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group