|Mériadeck as it was. Left: Place Mériadeck. Right: view from a |
Rue du Château d'Eau street corner. Source: meriadeck.free.fr
1963 Résidence du Château d'Eau. To the right, the Résidence flanked by
other emblematic buildings: |
the Caisse d'Épargne offices (1977), the Mériadeck shopping centre (1980) and (right) the central Post Office
(1971, renovated in 2000).
|Cross-shaped offices and housing: the Tour 2000 block (1976) and Le Ponant (1977), |
complete with the first steps up from ground level!
|The peculiar (soon-to-be-former) Caisse d'Épargne offices.|
|Skating rink and municipal library.|
Still, this assignment proved to be a lonely and sobering experience. I was back in this area (not far from where I lived for a couple of years many moons ago) on a sunny Sunday afternoon and it was deserted. The district only really comes to life when the office clerks and executives are around, along with citizens in search of an elusive rubber stamp, item of paperwork or on a shopping trip to Auchan. Even yesteryear’s skateboarding community seem to have abandoned the sector. Walking back past an empty water feature and across the main central esplanade, my only uninviting company was a small group of people drinking their sorrows away. I was headed back towards the spires and squares of the city centre and its crowded café terraces…
- Find it: Quartier Mériadeck, Bordeaux.
- Much of the information in this piece was adapted from the most excellent meriadeck.free.fr website, which provides an authoritative overview of the history of the area, maps and detailed descriptions of all its buildings and architecture, and updates on ongoing developments. A big thank you to the man behind the website, Mathias, who kindly agreed to me using the archive photos of Mériadeck! Please regard this Invisible Bordeaux article as a trailer to the full feature which you will find on meriadeck.free.fr!
- Further information was culled from the chapter about Mériadeck in the a’urba book “De la ville à la métropole, 40 ans d’urbanisme à Bordeaux”.