29_ Aldric Beckmann Architectes | Bordeaux Tam Tam



Project title: Bordaux Tam Tam

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The project has been submitted by:

Aldric Beckmann


Country: France

City: Bordeaux

Address: Rue Lucie Aubrac, Bordeaux, 33-France


Designer or design team architects:

Aldric Beckmann Architectes


Plot area – Superficie lotto: mq 1.841

Gross Area – Superficie lorda totale: mq 5.035

Of which
residential – Di cui Residenziale:
% 95

Public/communal areas – Spazi collettivi/comuni: % 5

Facilities for the public – Attrezzature pubbliche: % 0

Business/trade – Commerciale: % 0

Offices – Uffici: % 0

Number of residential units – Numero di alloggi: 113

Typology of users – Tipologia di utenti: Families – Famiglie
Students – Studenti

Total building costs Euros – Costo di costruzione totale in Euro: €7.300.000

Building Cost = Total Bulding Cost / Gross Area – Costo di costruzione = Costo di costruzione totale /Superficie lorda totale: 1.450 €/m²

Floor area ratio = Gross Area / Plot Area – Densità = Superficie lorda totale /Superficie lotto: 2.74

Work started on date – Data inizio lavori: Monday, 5th January 2015

Work completion date – Data ultimazione lavori: Tuesday, 22nd November 2016



Allotment rule – Regola di assegnazione: 84% social housing and 16% private in accession

Reduction cost percentege compared to the market value – Percentuale di riduzione di costo rispetto al valore di mercato

assignement %: accession = state funds for credit

rent %:


The cost of construction is below the average of the country, due to the cheap metallic façade, fast to install, and long-lasting. The garage on the ground floor prevented the digging of an expensive underground garage. A third of the roofs are used as terraces.

Rental/sale cost compared to market price
Costo di affitto/ vendita rispetto al mercato
Social housing benefits state financial help, meaning the price of location is 2 to 3 times less than the market.
Apartments in accession mean landlords progressively borrow the money from the bank with 0 interest, thanks to the state’s help.

Rules of allocation – Regole di assegnazione:
As mentioned before, the accession transforms all residents into landlords. The building proposes also a large number of social housing, which has reduced rent with state financial help.

Protection of fragile categories
Tutela categorie fragili: 
All apartments have elevator access for fragile categories. All bathrooms, toilets, and at least one room can be used for people in a wheelchair.

Involvement of inhabitants in the building process – Coinvolgimento degli abitanti nel processo: The inhabitants are always consulted during the writing of the local urbanism regulations in the city.

Community accompaniment in the life of the building – Accompagnamento della comunità nella vita dell’edificio: 
The buildings are copropertys, meaning all the landlords meet at regular intervals to discuss the building’s issues.

Functional mixitè – Mix funzionale

The plot is cut in two by a public pedestrian street, allowing social activities in the heart of the city bloc.

Common spaces and shared living – Spazi comuni e abitare condiviso:
Social life is promoted, first through a garden on the garage’s roof, second through distributions, because the exterior stairs are part of the façade and invite residents to use them.

Techniques and strategies for environmental saving: 
The project has the H&E RT 2012 certification, double glazed windows and insulation. All apartments have a double orientation for natural light, balconies, and colorful projection blinds for the southern facade.

Description of the project:

The concept behind the project for the ‘Tam Tam’ site is to bring to the fore the site’s former industrial heritage as a port, an integral part of the history of Bordeaux, in order to maintain its poetic spirit within an overall objective of sustainable development. The use of height to emphasise the proximity of the bay and the water gives the apartments remarkable panoramic views.


The architectural language exploits and reinterprets the dynamic historic codes of the site. The urban form takes its place whilst paying heed to the surroundings and position, whilst leaving the heart of the site open and green.


The circulation of air and light, subdivisions, orientations and the subtle relationship between public and private space are the main principles that have guided the building of these new homes.


Separated into two areas by a footpath, the site’s position culminates in the new road: a ‘tower’ that stands out at the fifth floor, whilst the interior of the site is built on a more human scale of small houses, with ground floors that house bicycles and vehicles and the shared garden, which is visible from the footpath. The garden echoes the planted terraces that appear on each level as well as the numerous balconies.

The main material is metal: solid and perforated, with sloping roofs and treated facades that run the length of the buildings, gratings, railings, balconies, staircases and open corridors visible from the exterior together creating a lively and animated appearance. A variety of materials and colours positioned randomly (blinds) make for an unusual and contemporary construction.