Bordeaux Walking | Art Revolution in the Abandoned Barracks, Darwin Art Settlement

Photography/ Cinny.

Photography/ Cinny.
Part of images courtesy of Darwin Éco-système.

Bordeaux, a large city in southwestern France, is cut by the Garonne, which flows through it. The classical buildings on the left bank are built in the 18th century. The graceful and elegant cityscape makes the city an alias of “Little Paris”. It is also the center of municipality, economy and culture in the past three centuries.however,Looking at the BASTIDE area on the right bank of the Garonne, it has a completely different urban landscape. Rebar and cement can be seen everywhere. It is the cradle of the new construction of the local government in the past ten years. Compared with the high housing prices in the old city, this area is like a place of birth, and has become the foothold of art and entrepreneurs in recent years.

Photography/ Cinny.
Photography/ Cinny.

Among them, the transformation of graceDarwin's sustainable ecological and artistic settlement (Darwin Éco-système)It is the most fashionable cultural settlement in Bordeaux. It not only has a working environment suitable for creators in various fields, but also a self-sufficient environment with energy self-sufficiency, environmental friendliness and avant-garde. It also attracts many street artists and athletes to station in, giving this ancient but overflowing The construction of youthful atmosphere, a new look of life.

The history of abandoned military camps before the transformation

Built in 1850, Darwin settled in two existing old-fashioned buildings, originally the military supplies store of the time. After the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, the government rebuilt it as "La Caserne Niel"; in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Neil Barracks were home to many soldiers at the time, for half a century. Therefore, it is also known as "Quartier Niel". During the Second World War, it was also where the German army placed Spanish prisoners.The aim is to build a large number of submarines for war.

Image Courtesy of Darwin Éco-système.

Image Courtesy of Darwin Éco-système.

In 2005, after the French army was evacuated, it became a showcase for graffiti and street art. In the mottled and broken wall, these young creators picked up the paintbrush and let the old military camp, which was originally ridiculously absurd, add a rare place with the artistic vitality. Lively look. However, due to years of idleness, it has also faced the fate of being demolished. Reluctant to see the destruction of this rare cultural community, the two young French entrepreneurs and freelancers decided to take over the abandoned military camp and develop a team called "Equipe Evolution" with the local community, hoping to flip the power of the people. The old abandoned space is used to create a city place suitable for symbiosis and sharing.

Photography/ Cinny.
Photography/ David Manaud. Image Courtesy of Darwin Éco-système.
Photography/ Cinny.
Photography/ David Manaud. Image Courtesy of Darwin Éco-système.
Sustainable culture and green buildings after transformation

The first day of the first visit to Darwin’s settlement was very sunny. When I entered the central corridor, I found that the footsteps of the railroads that used to transport the containers were in the past. The reconstructed Darwin still retains the original space structure, but there are more cement and brick houses. A large graffiti cover is like a large street feast. The main body of the park consists of three large warehouses: Magasin Général restaurant and grocery store, which provides delicious vegetables and organic ingredients. It provides a common working space for freelancers to communicate and create. The spacious atrium is used for second-hand market and concerts. According to the stronghold, it is a popular place for extreme cycling competitions and music festivals in summer.

Photography/ Cinny.

Image Courtesy of Darwin Éco-système.
Image Courtesy of Darwin Éco-système.
Image Courtesy of Darwin Éco-système.

"Climate crisis, biodiversity collapse, resource shortages...and even the application of nuclear energy have forced us to start thinking about what kind of world our next generation will face." --- Equipe Evoluation

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Photography/ Cinny.
Image Courtesy of Darwin Éco-système.
Photography/ Cinny.
Image Courtesy of Darwin Éco-système.
Photography/ Cinny.
Photography/ Cinny.
Photography/ Cinny.

Darwin is not like the art park in the impression of ordinary people. There is no elegant and simple modern building, and there is no exquisite and small style selection. The most striking thing in the park is that it is built on waste wood in the central corridor. Installation art "Vortex." Vortex captures the carbon footprint of Darwin and converts it to data at night; the staggered stacked tubes illuminate the beam, allowing people to see the results of energy consumption. Good lighting design, Darwin does not have any air conditioning, solar energy to supply energy in the park; furniture in the space is also recycled materials, the purpose is to gradually reduce excessive consumption, re-create the value of old things, and encourage recycling economic.

Magasin Général|Style hard but environmentally friendly food view

Magasin Général It is the largest and only restaurant in Darwin. Stepping into this high-rise industrial wind building, it is immediately attracted by the tables and chairs that blend with Bohemian, minimalist and industrial style. Exposed steel bars and rust marks on the ceiling, it is not deliberately beautified and renovated here; the old typewriter in the corner, the ingenious writing desk, the atmosphere and craftsmanship of the old pieces of different ages Originally, the unique space adds a unique flavor, and there is a post-modern decadence.

Photography/ Cinny.

Photography/ Cinny.
Photography/ Cinny.
Photography/ Cinny.

"Mixup is our specialty." The barista in front of the bar said so. Magasin Général has no fixed menus, and the meals are changed with the solar terms. They are cooked with organic fruits and vegetables, using the aroma of herbs and ingredients to highlight the true flavor of the dishes. Someone who came late, asked if the bartender was holding a beer and talking to a friend. The bartender replied succinctly: "The kitchen is closed in 10 minutes. But if the stomach is very hungry, I can For your special XXL vegan burger 唷!" Healthy cooking, environment-friendly fresh ingredients, is comparable to the urban restaurants.

Photography/ Cinny.
Photography/ Cinny.
Photography/ Cinny.
Photography/ Cinny.
Photography/ Cinny.
Photography/ Cinny.
DARWIN WORKING ESPACE|The creative organic working space community

Located on the second floor of Darwin, DARWIN WORKING ESPACE is a 24-hour co-working space that combines offices, meeting rooms, kitchens and living rooms. In recent years, it has attracted many young entrepreneurs, independent consultants, startups, or in technology, design, and text. Freelance workers in the creative and media industries are stationed. Originally designed with a sense of space, it blends with many wood and botanical elements, revealing a natural and elegant atmosphere.

Image Courtesy of Darwin Éco-système.

Image Courtesy of Darwin Éco-système.
Image Courtesy of Darwin Éco-système.

As Darwin has a unique development texture, members of the Equipe Evolution also mentioned that"You may encounter a founding social enterprise founder, a floral artist, or a green architect. Our design goal is to let each individual working here understand the intimacy of architecture and nature. Everyone has the opportunity to Create and collaborate to inspire creativity and grow in the process of working together."

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Photography/ David Sanchez. Image Courtesy of Darwin Éco-système.
Image Courtesy of Darwin Éco-système.
Image Courtesy of Darwin Éco-système.
Le Hangar|The cradle of street culture, the hot spot for skateboarders

Bordeaux is a famous skateboarder and inline fan, and is located in the Darwin campus. Hangar DarwinIt is currently the largest indoor extreme sports park in Bordeaux. "Hangar" in French means a carport or a warehouse. The predecessor is a place where military items were once placed. It was organized by La Brigade, and it was designed and reorganized from recycled wood and reinforced concrete. Sports field.

Image Courtesy of Darwin Éco-système.
Image Courtesy of Darwin Éco-système.

Wooden arc-shaped skateboard ramps, skateboarding venues with a touch of street metal, and even 360-degree micro-rectangular limit bikes add a sense of discretion to the street. Sex. Challenging and creative sports devices not only let professional players love it, but Hangar has also been working on extreme sports in recent years and offers skateboarding courses for all ages.In addition, the modern space built with old materials and new concepts is covered with mottled walls by different styles of graffiti, electronic and hip-hop music flowing from the ear, and the lively sound of skateboarding. Once an old and old warehouse, it has now become a fascinating street art scene, adding a touch of sensuality.

Image Courtesy of Darwin Éco-système.
Image Courtesy of Darwin Éco-système.

In today's Darwin Éco-système, the remains of the Neil Barracks remain, and it seems that they do not want those beautiful but scarred memories, sinking in the chaotic Garonne River, and gradually drifting away with the river. People strolling along the banks of the river drank beer, as if they were not so concerned about the history behind them, but Darwin’s plan would continue, accompanying Bordeaux’s vibrant southern city and welcoming another unknown city life.

Darwin Éco-système
87 Quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux, France
T: +33-556775206

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