The transformation of the Magasins is an attempt to increase and maximize the possibilities offered by the existing spaces, while creating a viable mix of programs which will occupy them appropriately and also enliven the entire district of Bastide Niel as a cultural hub. The building will house a set of integrated functions which interact through the architectural porosity of the spaces they inhabit.
The arts organization Fabrique Pola will provide and manage artists’ studios, archives, offices, meeting rooms and event spaces for local artists, artisans and creative industry businesses, as well as housing for local artists. The École Supérieure d’Arts Appliqués d’Aquitaine, an artschool, will also occupy part of the building with studios, lecture theatres, teaching spaces, offices and student housing. In addition to this housing, social housing, and housing from other providers will be integrated into the transformation. The housing is inserted on new structural piles above the existing structure, and is connected through a forest of walkways and stairs, creating a rich spatial environment.