date 2017
client EDF
program Low carbon emission city
surface 340 ha
status Competition, award innovation prize
design team Studio Akkerhuis
consultants AIA Studio Environnement, Après la pluie, Atelier Gantner

The French energy supplier EDF selected 4 practices for this competition to develop the area of the Caisse des Dépôts bank, north of the Bordeaux city center, into a carbon neutral environment and to represent the future of urban living in 2050. Studio Akkerhuis was awarded with the Innovation prize from the jury led by Bordeaux mayor and former French Prime minister Alain Juppé.

The project is based on the fact that to have a carbon neutral environment the density should not be higher than 5-7 inhabitants per hectare. But to avoid urban sprawl it is necessary to achieve higher densities than this. This contradiction was the starting point of our concept.