Yesterday, the place was only wildlife and swamps. Today, the Ginko neighbourhood and the artificial riverbank welcome a piece of the city as well as new inhabitants.

A new public structure, La Maison des Danses, stands between the tramway courtyard and the Reinson Avenue. The heart of the building is securely anchored to the floor whereas the studios, as if on stilts, seem balanced.

The textile used here for the roofing appears to be cut open so the activities are seen from the outside. The colour of the fabric is of a vivid hue between crimson and dark red.

The structure looks ready to come alive and accommodate dancers and all future dances.

We lost the competition. The account given by the jury stated, “a strong and original architectural take based on material use with as many colours and irregular shapes to contrast with the natural environment.” Considering what can be found on the Urban Development Zone Ginko, the argument is appreciated and taken as a compliment.



  • Name : Maison des Danses
  • Client : City of Bordeaux
  • Place : Bordeaux
  • Date : 2012
  • Mission : Preliminary design
  • Surface : 1 640 m²
  • Budget : 3,1 M€
  • Architects : Encore Heureux


18 Avenue André Reinson, 33300 Bordeaux, France