Renovation of the Salle des Fêtes du Grand-Parc, Bordeaux

  • Year 2013-2018
  • Program Renovation / 1,200-seat auditorium
  • Client City of Bordeaux
  • Surface 2,300 m2 / 24,757 sq. ft
  • Cost €4,844,000 (excl. tax)
  • Status Build
  • Location Bordeaux

Built by the architects Claude Ferret, Robert Rebout, and Serge Bottarelli in 1965, the Grand-Parc Festival Hall was an emblematic venue of the Bordeaux cultural scene for 30 years. The main aim was to preserve its unique original architecture and interior organization.
A detailed study determined a simple and effective architectural approach. The works focused on essentials and certain details were left untouched. The emblematic mosaic on the facade was preserved and its 27,000 tiles were cleaned or replaced. In addition to bringing the building up to acoustic and thermal standards, the agency’s attention was mainly focused on the sets and technical equipment, opening the back of the stage to the outside (possibility of working in natural light), decompartmentalizing interior spaces, and creating a restaurant and catering area. The forecourt was left untouched to facilitate outdoor events.