London-based practice Brisac Gonzalez has designed homes on top of a car park in Bordeaux – and says the idea could soon be used in London
The practice has proposed construction of 19 apartments on top of the 450-space parking facility in the French city.
The project is part of the 738ha Euratlantique masterplan, which aims to create an international, sustainable business centre in the region.
The car park scheme, for construction giant Vinci and its development arm Adim, will also include 1,400m2 retail space on the ground floor.
Practice founder Edgar Gonzales told AJ: ‘The housing came from a stipulation in the masterplan that the car park had to have a green roof.
‘The client looked at different options and we proposed that housing could work best because of the views. There is a 17m height restriction in Bordeaux and we will be at that level.’
He added: ‘People living on the roof keeps more activity in the building overall. It is an idea being looked at in central London.’
The Bordeaux apartments will include five duplexes ranging from one to three bedrooms with generous gardens and terraces.
The four-storey car park will include brightly painted ceilings, vibrant lighting and natural ventilation, along with river views. It is due for completion in 2016.
Development in the Euratlantique scheme will include 1,000,000m2 of housing, 500,000m2 of office space and 500,000m2 of retail space. It is forecasted the area will attract 30,000 new residents and 20,000 new jobs.