Built to link two developing riverbanks, the purpose of the Jean-Jacques Bosc bridge is not only to cross the 500 metres of the Garonne riverbed; it constitutes the epicentre of a new neighbourhood, orientated on the river.
The initiative to integrate Bordeaux’s fifth bridge into a strategy to reconfigure the banks has guided the conception of the project. The new infrastructure permits the putting to work of a system of urban groupings, involving the bridge, its connections, public spaces and the neighbourhoods that face it as the elements of the same federalising, lively and global project. This integrated monument becomes the vector of territorial continuities, reconciling, from one side of the Garonne to the other, the major metropolitan routes, according to the layout and modalities proper to each bank.
On one side, the system of a planted area creates a transition between the buildings and the river. On the other side, the handling of the avenue directs attention to the wooded background landscape. By day as by night, at the scale of the neighbourhoods, the new crossing and its linking structures are animated by a principle of resonance: they solidify the dynamic of conciliation that animates Bordeaux Euratlantique.
Jean-Jacques Bosc Bridge
Communauté urbaine de Bordeaux
Bordeaux, Bègles, Floirac, France
RFR (lead architect and engineer), TVK (associtaed architect and urban designer), Bureau Bas Smets (landscape architect), IOA (structural engineer), Ingetec (infrastructure engineer), Ouest Coordination (OPC), Speirs and Major (lighting consultant)
Loïc Cendrier (project director), David Enon