“It is our artistic project that will finally determine how the building functions, not the other way around.”

“It is our artistic project that will finally determine how the building functions, not the other way around.”

There are three projects on the shortlist for the renovation of the National Center for the Development of Choreography (CDCN) in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Before the expected delivery in 2026, the team is preparing for a transitional period with a final season in 2023-2024 within the walls of a “rickety tool.”

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Walid Salem

Accredited in 2007 when it was installed in the Cuvier in Artigues-près-Bordeaux, the only National Center for the Development of Choreography (CDCN) in Aquitaine was established at La Manufacture de Chaussures in Bordeaux in 2018. A tenant assignment, it has been awaiting renovations since then. now.
Renovation work was excluded from the 2021 multi-year investment plan for Bordeaux City Hall, and it will be possible to start soon. Between now and the expected handover in 2026, Stephane Loret and Lise Saladin, Director and Deputy Director, reveal the three agencies selected before the final decision and discuss the transition period in this interview.
Rue89 Bordeaux: Where are you in the renewal project?
Stephan Loret : Since our arrival, we have been speaking with partners to inform them of the advanced state of deterioration that this building is suffering from. We requested renovation in order to improve the working conditions of artists, technicians and management. Implementation has been delayed, but this renovation project is beginning to bear fruit. The total cost of the work is estimated at €10.5 million including taxes for just over 2,500 square metres, with funding split between the city of Bordeaux, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region and the Ministry of Culture.
We are in the context of a special procedure. It is not a competition, but rather a design/build contract that will be awarded to a group consisting of a specialist building contractor, associated with an architect, scenographer, landscaper, etc. Last July, fourteen groups applied, of which three were selected: Compagnie Architecture (Bordeaux) with Dune Constructions, Hérault Arnod Architects (Pantin) with GCC, and Marin + Trottin Périphériques Architects (Paris) with MAS BTP.

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