Maison des Danses

House for Dance, Mediathek, Library, Caféteria

  • The facades of Maison des danse cosists of 2 layers allowing various degrees of privacy or exposure of the dancers as well as interaction with the surrounding city.
  • Maison des danse is a house for dance culture located in the Ginko eco-neighbourhood in northern Bordeaux Google, ©2012 Maxar Technologies, Landsat / Copernicus Image
  • On the groundfloor the dance studio as well as cafe, information center and offices can open and inhabit the circulation area between the 2 layers of facade as well as the public space surrounding the building.
  • The changing rooms and the warm-up ares with kitchen for the dancers is located on level 1 between the upper and lower dance studios
  • The two dance studios on level 2 can merge together as one large studio suitable for performances
  • 1: Maximum volume of the new building
  • 2: The program of the building cendensed to a central wooden box
  • 3: Cirulation outside the wooden box
  • 4: Glass facades are pushed in to mark entrances and allow natural ventilation from the ground
  • 5: Differentiated use of the surrounding plaza: A lush green area to the south, sidewalk and visual contact to the west, a plaza for street dance to the north, an outdoor cafe towards the church on the eastern side
  • 1: Dance studio orientated towards the plaza in the north
  • 2: All service rooms are concentrated around the studio...
  • 3: ...To allow studio 2 and 3 to become one large space taking up the entire top floor

The Maison des Danse is conceived as a solitaire building. With the most compact possible volume an ideal square emerges in plan. As a compact building, the Maison des Danse is composed to fill out a condensed part of the plot clearly marking and defining the urban space around it. At all four sites of the otherwise straight facade, rounded inversions mark entries/exits, and protected outdoor spaces. This generates the effect of an architecture and urban space that can be understood and used intuitively, and that translates movement – the very essence of dance - into an elegant physical form.

As a result, the space surrounding is clearly defined and offers four distinct qualities: Lush and green in the south (the Garden), urban and dense in the west towards the Avenue du tramway (the little keyhole), active and formal in the north towards the intersection (Danse Square), and relaxed, tranquil, and rather quiet towards east (Church Plaza), where the church is also located. All qualities can be perceived in a sequence when the building is walked through or walked around. The design of the four plazas also reflects the interior organization of the building.

Bordeaux, France