The Ginko eco-neighborhood in northern Bordeaux comprises four apartment buildings and ten single-family homes, all positioned around a large garden. Apartments within each home have their own garden terraces, which allow residents to enjoy the greenery of the neighborhood from different angles. The architects, Nicolas Laisné and Christophe Rousselle, designed the block as a set of diverse typologies and visual styles.
Three of the apartment buildings are located along the tram line and are connected on the ground floor. The variety of paneling spread across the first floor terraces, together with the patterns created by overhangs, contribute to the lively atmosphere. Some of the apartments are slightly tilted in order to get an optimal amount of sun exposure and provide best views of the adjacent lake.
A smaller scale version of the same system is used for the design of the facades of the single-family homes. These are situated atop a large underground parking area, on the west side of the lot. Within the heart of the neighborhood lies an in-ground garden which opens onto public areas and, together with small garden terraces above, creates an urban landscape dominated by vegetation.
Photos by Philippe Ruault