VIB architecture : Neurocampus

Delivered at the end of the year 2016 by the agency VIB architecture, this building hosts research laboratories in neuroscience, offering its users an optimized working environment, including its volume. Explanations.

More than any other, the brain is a complex organ, and the secrets it holds for researchers are still numerous. In order to offer the latter the best possible working conditions, designers of VIB architecture have been mobilized by the New Aquitaine Region to design the Neurocampus, on the Segalen university-hospital site in Bordeaux (33). An ambitious project to connect two existing buildings - the Neurocentre Magendie and the Functional Genomic Center of the city - with the construction of a third building.

To achieve this, the architects took care to gather on the same level the forecourt of the three buildings. One way to enhance coherence between places, while facilitating access for pedestrians and cyclists. In the same perspective, the new Neurocampus - a huge wrapped monolith "Mirror cladding and black perforated cassettes" -, is connected to its two neighbors by glass walkways.

Designed on a simple plan in the form of a rectangle beveled on one side, the project still displays a singular identity, thanks to, its volumetry. The ground floor is thus drawn back from the upper floors, which "Are slightly rotated in function of vis-à-vis, to clear views or tighten links"explain the project managers. In the center, a huge atrium completes this picture. Featuring an original curtain wall evoking a "Kaleidoscope" - in the words of the architects - it is a kind of vortex in the heart of the building and can bring just enough light in the laboratory, for a result as bluffing (but less tortuous) than a human brain!

Project title : Neurocampus
City, Country: Bordeaux (33)
Owner: Region New Aquitaine
Mastery of work : VIB architecture
Area : 13 000 m2 built + 1 300 m2 rehabilitated
Cost of works: 35 000 000 € HT
Calendar : Delivery September 2016

Photographs: Cyril Lallement

The project is selected for les ArchiDesignclub Awards 2018 in the category Teaching - Superior

To learn more, visit ArchiDesignclub the Awards site et of VIB architecture

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