The Belgian architect Frédéric de Vylder has retained the original walls and storage vocation of this former rail warehouse.
Leaving their historic setting on rue du Loup, which had become too small, the city archives (Archives municipales de Bordeaux) moved into a tailor-made building in March 2016: the former warehouse Halle des Magasins généraux on the right bank of the Garonne.
The first cultural facility in the Bastide-Niel urban development zone, the Archives municipales de Bordeaux Métropole, as they are now known, have come into their own on this 8,800 sqm site with a ten-fold increase in publicly accessible space.
The services on offer focus around a huge cathedral-like reading room that opens onto a large courtyard planted with trees, where the remarkable wisteria moved from rue du Loup is already beginning to bloom once again.
Study, conference and exhibition rooms complete the structure, as well as a vast reception hall and a digital photography studio. As demanded by the modern world, electronic archives are taking over but with a new challenge: transcending technological changes to remain accessible as time goes on….
Administrations, individuals, retailers, architects, businesses and associations: the archives’ collections come from various sources.
The Archives Bordeaux métropole consist of 13 linear kilometres of documents, objects, collections and works of art from all sources, linked to the history of the city and the surrounding area since the Middle Ages: almost 17,500 books, 150,000 illustrated documents, 800 periodicals and directories, the deliberations of the City Council, the civil registry and census…. There are also some more remarkable and unusual items: the marriage certificates of Montesquieu and Montaigne, and an unusual sputnik-shaped lamp given by Nikita Khrushchev to Jacques Chaban-Delmas in 1960.
Designed to comply with High Environmental Quality criteria, the Archives site offers users optimum comfort.
- Parvis des Archives
- 33100 Bordeaux
- T :05 56 10 20 55