Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell - © Edgar
Martell 2019

Creating a prestigious space for the assemblage of industrial materials as part of a pathway revealing the knowledge and expertise, magic and rituals of a renowned house of cognac.

Client :
Martell & Co
Collaborators :
Edgar
Surface :
610 m²
Cost :
931 744 €
Year :
2019
Location :
Cognac (16)
Program :

Tasting room for master blenders

Martell wishes to showcase its three-hundred-year history and expertise through a tasting room where master blenders will work in front of an informed audience. A wine and spirits storehouse accommodates the project, an architectural setting with a strong identity: floor in rough concrete, thick walls covered in black mushrooms (torulas), a thin metal framework, with copper stills and oak barrels stored on site. In the centre of the space, the new tasting room skims the steel structure, nestled between four existing posts, and set slightly above the floor. The project is designed as an assemblage of materials, echoing the craftsmanship of the cellar masters who compose the vintages. Its minimalist silhouette takes advantage of the low lighting and silence, well suited to the ritual character of tasting. Two monumental doors welcome the visitors within the thirty-one-tonne structure in raw steel, coated with calamine. The cellar masters reveal their art and explain the menu of vintages set into a tasting table made of balanced layers of sheet steel, with a matte white surface on top to enhance the amber hues of the cognac that are also reflected in a copper chandelier. The work on the lighting reinforces the impact of the architecture, designed as an initiatory pathway: showcasing the roughness of the walls, unveiling the barrels, the room, and then the oak cognac library, as a backdrop.

8 mai 1945 - © © Ivan Mathie, Edgar
8 mai 1945 - © Edgar
8 mai 1945 - © Edgar
8 mai 1945 - © Edgar
8 mai 1945 - © Edgar
8 mai 1945 - © Edgar
8 mai 1945 - © Edgar
8 mai 1945 - © Edgar
8 mai 1945 - © Edgar
8 mai 1945 - © Edgar
8 mai 1945 2018

Renovation and heightening of a narrow house on a constrained site, for a family on a tight budget settling into a changing neighbourhood.

Client :
Private
Collaborators :
Edgar
Surface :
95 m²
Cost :
80 727 €
Year :
2018
Location :
Floirac (33)
Program :

Renovation and heightening of a house

A young couple left Paris for the Bordelese region. Their future home, which needed to accommodate their workspace for musical production, was on the site of a house in lower Floirac on a plot at risk of flooding. The interior was dimly lit and narrow, heavily partitioned and poorly oriented; the exterior boasted a pleasant garden. Recovering light and spatiality were some of the specifications for the renovation. The ground floor was transformed into a large living area directed towards the outdoors, the kitchen niched alongside a straight staircase in wood and concrete leading to a new mezzanine floor that served as the dedicated workspace. The wooden skeleton of the raised section rests on the floor, since the existing walls are not able to bear the load. Its cladding in anthracite zinc weatherboarding extends the facade of the ground-floor level, repainted blue. The modest budget meant leaving the finishing touches to the owners who would later install the baseboards, leaving the screed raw and progressively furnishing their space. During the renovations, a child was due: the project was redesigned to transform the upper level into a bedroom and office.

Wilson - © Edgar
Wilson - © Edgar
Wilson - © Edgar
Wilson - © Edgar
Wilson - © Edgar
Wilson - © Edgar
Wilson - © Edgar
Wilson 2019

First order: a residential double-height volume with a staircase forms a junction between a Bordelese échoppe, its elevation and its courtyard garden.

Client :
Private
Surface :
156 m²
Cost :
70 000 €
Year :
2019
Location :
Bordeaux (33)
Program :

Heightening of an échoppe

A stone échoppe (a typical Bordelese townhouse) inhabited by a family with two children lacks a bedroom. The veranda is dilapidated. The regulations do not allow the facade facing the boulevards to be modified. To enlarge and adapt the house while preserving its spatial qualities and luminosity, an elevation on the garden side is placed in continuity with the existing roof structure. Once the double height has been created, a transitional volume between interior and exterior, the ground floor and the first floor, is fitted with a brushed steel staircase that is applied to the full length of the facade with windows. The renovated living room opens onto the garden via a large sliding glass door. From the exterior, the new facade combines constructive elements borrowed from industrial vocabulary, such as the IPN steel and glass, with a stone-coloured brick decoration, recalling the neighbouring shops.

Etchénique - © Edgar
Etchénique - © Edgar
Etchénique - © Edgar
Etchénique - © Edgar
Etchénique - © Edgar
Etchénique - © Edgar
Etchénique - © Edgar
Etchénique - © Edgar
Etchénique - © Edgar
Etchénique - © Edgar
Etchénique - © Edgar
Etchénique - © Edgar
Etchénique 2019

A metal structure to recompose the interior spaces of a residence, accompanied by custom-built furniture that is versatile and fit for purpose.

Client :
Private
Collaborators :
Edgar
Surface :
138 m²
Cost :
117 825 €
Year :
2019
Location :
Bordeaux (33)
Program :

Home renovation

A couple of young retirees left their apartment in the downtown area to move into a house with a garden in a residential neighbourhood of Bordeaux. The new owners wanted to metamorphose the ground floor, de-compartmentalising it and opening it up to the exterior. The lower part of the house would be their living area. Upstairs, occasionally occupied by family and friends, would be left as it was. The openings made in the bearing points and the metal structure section off the space of a new area comprising kitchen, lounge, and dining room. The modifications to the existing structure are painted green, echoing the lush garden and the exterior weatherboarding. The arrangement of the custom furniture connects the various functions, progressively shifting from one use to another. The storage in the kitchen becomes bookshelves. In the bedroom, the access to the bathroom is through one of the closet doors.

Vassivey - © Edgar
Vassivey - © Edgar
Vassivey - © Edgar
Vassivey 2022

Draw on the serial reproducibility of a social housing programme to create an urban habitat that incrementally densifies a low-rise suburban area.

Client :
Domofrance
Collaborators :
Edgar
Surface :
1 850 m²
Cost :
2 212 500 €
Year :
2022
Location :
Parempuyre (33)
Program :

Planning permission for 23 social housing units

The social housing rental company Domofrance would like to apply a planning permit in the suburban fabric of Parempuyre, a peripheral suburb of Bordeaux. The project for rental social housing is developed according to a principle of strips of housing. By questioning the urban form, working on various scenarios, fifteen individual houses grouped together and three apartment building establish a composition that respects the scale of the existing buildings and plays on a multiplicity of identities within a homogenous framework. An economy of means dictates the architectural work, which deploys standard elements while seeking to vary their effects. Micro shifts in positioning bring the overall plan to life, two windows combined create larger openings, while loggias allow for an array of solid constructions and empty spaces. The colorimetric variations of the facades and interplay of roofing styles provides the scale of a new neighbourhood while ensuring the density sought by the city council. The architecture is founded on system variations to provide a domestic scale in which vegetation and buildings enter into a conversation, in a reinterpretation of the typology of urban houses.

Castillon - © Edgar
Castillon - © Edgar
Castillon - © Edgar
Castillon - © Edgar
Castillon - © Edgar
Castillon - © Edgar
Castillon - © Edgar
Castillon - © Edgar
Castillon - © Edgar
Castillon - © Edgar
Castillon - © Edgar
Castillon - © Edgar
Castillon - © Edgar
Castillon 2019

A living room installed in a reinforced concrete structure forms the spacious and bright extension of a fragmented house, becoming its central pivot along with the garden.

Client :
Private
Collaborators :
Edgar
Surface :
176 m²
Cost :
262 000 €
Year :
2019
Location :
Le Bouscat (33)
Program :

Renovation and extension of a house

A couple with two children returned from China and purchased a stone échoppe (a typical Bordelese townhouse) that had been raised in the 1970s and split into two apartments. Poorly handled owing to the many annexes and verandas erected over time, the house needed to recover its unity. A concrete staircase reconnects the two levels, the garden constructions were demolished to make way for a sustained, legible, and bright extension. Its rough concrete column/post structure opens onto the north-facing garden, where the volume finds light through large openings with wooden frameworks and through a central skylight, achieved by reversing the geometric gridwork of the ceiling. The new living room revises the spatial expression of the house, like the missing piece of a puzzle that has finally been found.

Platanes - © Edgar
Platanes - © Edgar
Platanes - © Edgar
Platanes - © Edgar
Platanes - © Edgar
Platanes 2019

A compact recreation centre with windows on both sides, generated by a gridwork structure and maintained to respect the project’s budget, transposes the climatic aspects of vernacular architecture into a contemporary style.

Client :
City of Tarnos
Collaborators :
Edgar (mandataire)
Artec (fluides, électricité)
Artech (structure, VRD, économie)
Surface :
580 m²
Cost :
860 000 €
Year :
2019
Location :
Tarnos (40)
Program :

Tarnos Recreation Centre

The town hall of Tarnos wished to bring together the children of two schools within a single recreation centre located halfway between the two, in a low-rise area, along a path of plane trees. Social workers, coordinators, children, and administrative staff will settle into an adapted local facility, open to families. To optimise the budget, the long and compact building is maintained by a grid of porticoes, whose kinetic effect echoes the lines of the tree trunks. The project is based on a cross-shaped plan, serving the programmatic elements illuminated by two patios. The entrance forms a centre from which the adults’ area develops (main office and pedagogical staff management) on the street side, and that of the children on the garden and sports field side. The activity rooms can connect to form a long nave thanks to movable walls, making the spaces versatile. The volume of the building is inspired by local vernacular architecture, particularly Landaise houses, in order to better integrate within its context. Regionalist architectural principles are transposed in a contemporary architecture whose green roofing with eaves optimises the building’s thermic performance and its comfort in summer. The facade alternates framed windows and padded walls adorned with green-enamelled terracotta plates incorporating the local motif of fern fronds.

Modjo - © Edgar
Modjo - © Edgar
Modjo - © Edgar
Modjo - © Edgar
Modjo - © Edgar
Modjo - © Edgar
Modjo - © Edgar
Modjo - © Edgar
Modjo - © Edgar
Modjo - © Edgar
Modjo 2018

At Modjo, the chefs combine their culinary creations with warm architecture in wood and blue tones, creating original encounters.

Client :
Private
Collaborators :
Edgar (architecture)
Florence Esnault Gillon (graphic design)
Surface :
144 m²
Cost :
64 000 €
Year :
2018
Location :
Bordeaux (33)
Program :

Renovation and creation of a “bistronomic” restaurant

“Modjo” is a gourmet restaurant for two young talented chefs, Quentin Maurouard and Benoît Gofron, based in downtown Bordeaux since 2018. The flavour combinations in their culinary creations and their way of dressing their plates guided the design of the project, a subtle mix of inexpensive materials and straightforward execution, to give a warm bistro atmosphere to a former sushi restaurant. On a tight budget, the chefs participated in the demolition and creation of the venue, encouraging Edgar to develop less technical principles of execution. Designing a project for self-construction obliged the architects to didactically guide all of the phases of work, thinking through each detail with concern for budgeting and simplicity. To render the site unique, the principle of energy that lends its name to the restaurant is illustrated in the pieces of entangled oak that are arranged on the mallard-blue ceiling, designed in association with graphic designer Florence Esnault Gillon. The soothing quality of the wood, the coils of the sculpture, and the dimly lit atmosphere of the restaurant gently introduce the architectural and culinary experience.

Bellevue - © Edgar
Bellevue - © Edgar
Bellevue - © Edgar
Bellevue 2021

A white villa is devised in relation to the Vendée style houses around it and organised around its central terrace, designed for year-round use in any weather.

Client :
Private
Collaborators :
Edgar
Charline Gillon
Surface :
145 m²
Cost :
266 000 €
Year :
2021
Location :
Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie (85)
Program :

Construction of an individual home

A couple nearing retirement age plans to build a second home that will soon become their main residence. In the south of the resort town of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie (Vendée, France), the project is established on a sloping section, at the intersection of two streets. Built up against its neighbours at the top of the plot, the house opens onto the canopies of trees from the green belt leading to the ocean below. The U-shaped plan is composed around a central space opening onto the landscape, a vast living area with a kitchen, lounge, and dining room. The two wings contain the parental quarters (bedroom, office, and bathroom) and that of their architect children who occasionally occupy two bedrooms, an office, a bathroom, and toilets. Sheltered from prevailing winds on three sides of the building, a generous, partly covered terrace accommodates al fresco dining in summer and leads to a swimming pool. Its pine slats placed on the same level as the floor of the house ensure the continuity between interior and exterior. The construction in white float-finish stucco echoes the simplicity of traditional houses on the Vendée Coast. This simplicity continues inside, through the light-grey woodwork and white walls that emphasise the light oak tone of the parquet floor.

The Journey - © Edgar
The Journey - © Edgar
The Journey - © Edgar
The Journey - © Edgar
The Journey - © Edgar
The Journey - © Edgar
The Journey - © Edgar
The Journey - © Edgar
The Journey - © Edgar
The Journey - © Edgar
The Journey 2019

Martell The Journey: a multi-sensorial and immersive visit experience to discover the house of cognac on its historic site of Gâtebourse.

Client :
Martell & Co
Collaborators :
Edgar (lots techniques)
agence NC (scénographie)
La Méduse (audiovisuel et multimédias)
F. Austerlitz & M. Blaise (éclairage)
Surface :
1 000 m²
Cost :
1 600 000 €
Year :
2019
Location :
Cognac (16)
Program :

Construction of Martell’s permanent exhibition visit

photograph :

Aline Aubert

Edgar has provided the project management of technical lots for the permanent exhibition visit of the Martell House in Cognac, assisting and advising the scenographer, Nathalie Crinière. Designed prior to their intervention, three pathways are provided: ‘Heritage’ visits the archives, history, and development of the House of Cognac since its foundation by Jean Martell in 1715; ‘Expertise’ sets out to discover some of the experts who create the spirits (coopers, chai masters, farmers, etc.); and ‘The Angels’ Share’ is a multisensorial pathway with interactive installations. The architects’ role, deliberately undertaken behind the scenes, consisted of handling the administrative (building permit application), safety (fire safety, negotiations with the control office), and heritage aspects (talks with the architect from Bâtiments de France, respect of the historical elements). Involved in the phase for the Dossier de Consultation des Entreprises (DCE), Edgar had to meet technical challenges to ensure the project was feasible without affecting its initial aesthetic. The architects thus applied their expertise to adapting and providing solutions that would respect the site and the regulations, while remaining discreet so as to prioritise the immersive dimension of the visit.

Elluin Duolé Gillon architecture

171 rue du Tondu 33 000 Bordeaux — France
09 81 24 04 40

Stanislas Elluin

Architect DEHMONP, partner
stanislas.elluin@edgar.archi

Igor Duolé

Architect DEHMONP, Civil Engineer ESTP, partner
igor.duole@edgar.archi

Ludovic Esnault Gillon

Architect DE, partner
ludovic.gillon@edgar.archi

Caroline Chabot

Emeric Le Bos

Vincent Saura

Architect DEHMONP
vincent.saura@edgar.archi

Design: Spassky Fischer and Antoine Elsensohn

Photography: Ivan Mathie

Texts: Fanny Léglise

Development: Tristan Bagot

Elluin Duolé Gillon architecture

Edgar sees contemporary architecture as a way of generously exploring both spatial and social potential. Each project represents a chance to question and test various possibilities so as to spark a conversation with the customer. Edgar pays particular attention to the historical and landscaping context that each situation presents. Each experience requires flexibility in terms of process on the part of its designers and their solutions. Oscillating between devising a home extension on a shoestring and an extraordinary commission requires major adjustments, in which the eclecticism of architectural composition becomes clear. Edgar seeks a sensitive sobriety that stems from the enhancement of structure. The constructive aspect is expressed through grid compositions that organise the space. The architecture is explicit, avoiding overstatement. The finishings are discreet, with the accent placed on constructive efficacy.

The structure forms the architecture,
the material defines the project,
and story is its guide.

The Edgar office is on a street corner, engaging local practice, and handy to its partners. Added to the complementary abilities of its founders (engineering, architecture, scenography, and architectural culture communication) were the singular profiles of a rapidly expanded team. Given how scales and fields of intervention are freely invested, the duos established to manage each project are mixed and matched. The power of collective work guarantees an open-minded vision of the profession, where the agency takes the time to discuss architecture and show its work, particularly behind-the-scenes views of its construction sites.

Born in 2017, Edgar is an alter ego, the acronym of its three founders, graduates from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et de Paysage de Bordeaux. The agency was created through Stanislas Elluin’s, Igor Duolé’s, and Ludovic Gillon’s shared ideas about architecture. The complementary backgrounds of its founders make up “the album” of Edgar, based on a common analysis of cultures of habitation and design of urban systems, relating architecture to its historical period and composition to its significations.

Creating a prestigious space for the assemblage of industrial materials as part of a pathway revealing the knowledge and expertise, magic and rituals of a renowned house of cognac.

Client :
Martell & Co
Collaborators :
Edgar
Surface :
610 m²
Cost :
931 744 €
Year :
2019
Location :
Cognac (16)
Program :

Tasting room for master blenders

Martell wishes to showcase its three-hundred-year history and expertise through a tasting room where master blenders will work in front of an informed audience. A wine and spirits storehouse accommodates the project, an architectural setting with a strong identity: floor in rough concrete, thick walls covered in black mushrooms (torulas), a thin metal framework, with copper stills and oak barrels stored on site. In the centre of the space, the new tasting room skims the steel structure, nestled between four existing posts, and set slightly above the floor. The project is designed as an assemblage of materials, echoing the craftsmanship of the cellar masters who compose the vintages. Its minimalist silhouette takes advantage of the low lighting and silence, well suited to the ritual character of tasting. Two monumental doors welcome the visitors within the thirty-one-tonne structure in raw steel, coated with calamine. The cellar masters reveal their art and explain the menu of vintages set into a tasting table made of balanced layers of sheet steel, with a matte white surface on top to enhance the amber hues of the cognac that are also reflected in a copper chandelier. The work on the lighting reinforces the impact of the architecture, designed as an initiatory pathway: showcasing the roughness of the walls, unveiling the barrels, the room, and then the oak cognac library, as a backdrop.

Renovation and heightening of a narrow house on a constrained site, for a family on a tight budget settling into a changing neighbourhood.

Client :
Private
Collaborators :
Edgar
Surface :
95 m²
Cost :
80 727 €
Year :
2018
Location :
Floirac (33)
Program :

Renovation and heightening of a house

A young couple left Paris for the Bordelese region. Their future home, which needed to accommodate their workspace for musical production, was on the site of a house in lower Floirac on a plot at risk of flooding. The interior was dimly lit and narrow, heavily partitioned and poorly oriented; the exterior boasted a pleasant garden. Recovering light and spatiality were some of the specifications for the renovation. The ground floor was transformed into a large living area directed towards the outdoors, the kitchen niched alongside a straight staircase in wood and concrete leading to a new mezzanine floor that served as the dedicated workspace. The wooden skeleton of the raised section rests on the floor, since the existing walls are not able to bear the load. Its cladding in anthracite zinc weatherboarding extends the facade of the ground-floor level, repainted blue. The modest budget meant leaving the finishing touches to the owners who would later install the baseboards, leaving the screed raw and progressively furnishing their space. During the renovations, a child was due: the project was redesigned to transform the upper level into a bedroom and office.

First order: a residential double-height volume with a staircase forms a junction between a Bordelese échoppe, its elevation and its courtyard garden.

Client :
Private
Surface :
156 m²
Cost :
70 000 €
Year :
2019
Location :
Bordeaux (33)
Program :

Heightening of an échoppe

A stone échoppe (a typical Bordelese townhouse) inhabited by a family with two children lacks a bedroom. The veranda is dilapidated. The regulations do not allow the facade facing the boulevards to be modified. To enlarge and adapt the house while preserving its spatial qualities and luminosity, an elevation on the garden side is placed in continuity with the existing roof structure. Once the double height has been created, a transitional volume between interior and exterior, the ground floor and the first floor, is fitted with a brushed steel staircase that is applied to the full length of the facade with windows. The renovated living room opens onto the garden via a large sliding glass door. From the exterior, the new facade combines constructive elements borrowed from industrial vocabulary, such as the IPN steel and glass, with a stone-coloured brick decoration, recalling the neighbouring shops.

A metal structure to recompose the interior spaces of a residence, accompanied by custom-built furniture that is versatile and fit for purpose.

Client :
Private
Collaborators :
Edgar
Surface :
138 m²
Cost :
117 825 €
Year :
2019
Location :
Bordeaux (33)
Program :

Home renovation

A couple of young retirees left their apartment in the downtown area to move into a house with a garden in a residential neighbourhood of Bordeaux. The new owners wanted to metamorphose the ground floor, de-compartmentalising it and opening it up to the exterior. The lower part of the house would be their living area. Upstairs, occasionally occupied by family and friends, would be left as it was. The openings made in the bearing points and the metal structure section off the space of a new area comprising kitchen, lounge, and dining room. The modifications to the existing structure are painted green, echoing the lush garden and the exterior weatherboarding. The arrangement of the custom furniture connects the various functions, progressively shifting from one use to another. The storage in the kitchen becomes bookshelves. In the bedroom, the access to the bathroom is through one of the closet doors.

Draw on the serial reproducibility of a social housing programme to create an urban habitat that incrementally densifies a low-rise suburban area.

Client :
Domofrance
Collaborators :
Edgar
Surface :
1 850 m²
Cost :
2 212 500 €
Year :
2022
Location :
Parempuyre (33)
Program :

Planning permission for 23 social housing units

The social housing rental company Domofrance would like to apply a planning permit in the suburban fabric of Parempuyre, a peripheral suburb of Bordeaux. The project for rental social housing is developed according to a principle of strips of housing. By questioning the urban form, working on various scenarios, fifteen individual houses grouped together and three apartment building establish a composition that respects the scale of the existing buildings and plays on a multiplicity of identities within a homogenous framework. An economy of means dictates the architectural work, which deploys standard elements while seeking to vary their effects. Micro shifts in positioning bring the overall plan to life, two windows combined create larger openings, while loggias allow for an array of solid constructions and empty spaces. The colorimetric variations of the facades and interplay of roofing styles provides the scale of a new neighbourhood while ensuring the density sought by the city council. The architecture is founded on system variations to provide a domestic scale in which vegetation and buildings enter into a conversation, in a reinterpretation of the typology of urban houses.

A living room installed in a reinforced concrete structure forms the spacious and bright extension of a fragmented house, becoming its central pivot along with the garden.

Client :
Private
Collaborators :
Edgar
Surface :
176 m²
Cost :
262 000 €
Year :
2019
Location :
Le Bouscat (33)
Program :

Renovation and extension of a house

A couple with two children returned from China and purchased a stone échoppe (a typical Bordelese townhouse) that had been raised in the 1970s and split into two apartments. Poorly handled owing to the many annexes and verandas erected over time, the house needed to recover its unity. A concrete staircase reconnects the two levels, the garden constructions were demolished to make way for a sustained, legible, and bright extension. Its rough concrete column/post structure opens onto the north-facing garden, where the volume finds light through large openings with wooden frameworks and through a central skylight, achieved by reversing the geometric gridwork of the ceiling. The new living room revises the spatial expression of the house, like the missing piece of a puzzle that has finally been found.

A compact recreation centre with windows on both sides, generated by a gridwork structure and maintained to respect the project’s budget, transposes the climatic aspects of vernacular architecture into a contemporary style.

Client :
City of Tarnos
Collaborators :
Edgar (mandataire)
Artec (fluides, électricité)
Artech (structure, VRD, économie)
Surface :
580 m²
Cost :
860 000 €
Year :
2019
Location :
Tarnos (40)
Program :

Tarnos Recreation Centre

The town hall of Tarnos wished to bring together the children of two schools within a single recreation centre located halfway between the two, in a low-rise area, along a path of plane trees. Social workers, coordinators, children, and administrative staff will settle into an adapted local facility, open to families. To optimise the budget, the long and compact building is maintained by a grid of porticoes, whose kinetic effect echoes the lines of the tree trunks. The project is based on a cross-shaped plan, serving the programmatic elements illuminated by two patios. The entrance forms a centre from which the adults’ area develops (main office and pedagogical staff management) on the street side, and that of the children on the garden and sports field side. The activity rooms can connect to form a long nave thanks to movable walls, making the spaces versatile. The volume of the building is inspired by local vernacular architecture, particularly Landaise houses, in order to better integrate within its context. Regionalist architectural principles are transposed in a contemporary architecture whose green roofing with eaves optimises the building’s thermic performance and its comfort in summer. The facade alternates framed windows and padded walls adorned with green-enamelled terracotta plates incorporating the local motif of fern fronds.

At Modjo, the chefs combine their culinary creations with warm architecture in wood and blue tones, creating original encounters.

Client :
Private
Collaborators :
Edgar (architecture)
Florence Esnault Gillon (graphic design)
Surface :
144 m²
Cost :
64 000 €
Year :
2018
Location :
Bordeaux (33)
Program :

Renovation and creation of a “bistronomic” restaurant

“Modjo” is a gourmet restaurant for two young talented chefs, Quentin Maurouard and Benoît Gofron, based in downtown Bordeaux since 2018. The flavour combinations in their culinary creations and their way of dressing their plates guided the design of the project, a subtle mix of inexpensive materials and straightforward execution, to give a warm bistro atmosphere to a former sushi restaurant. On a tight budget, the chefs participated in the demolition and creation of the venue, encouraging Edgar to develop less technical principles of execution. Designing a project for self-construction obliged the architects to didactically guide all of the phases of work, thinking through each detail with concern for budgeting and simplicity. To render the site unique, the principle of energy that lends its name to the restaurant is illustrated in the pieces of entangled oak that are arranged on the mallard-blue ceiling, designed in association with graphic designer Florence Esnault Gillon. The soothing quality of the wood, the coils of the sculpture, and the dimly lit atmosphere of the restaurant gently introduce the architectural and culinary experience.

A white villa is devised in relation to the Vendée style houses around it and organised around its central terrace, designed for year-round use in any weather.

Client :
Private
Collaborators :
Edgar
Charline Gillon
Surface :
145 m²
Cost :
266 000 €
Year :
2021
Location :
Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie (85)
Program :

Construction of an individual home

A couple nearing retirement age plans to build a second home that will soon become their main residence. In the south of the resort town of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie (Vendée, France), the project is established on a sloping section, at the intersection of two streets. Built up against its neighbours at the top of the plot, the house opens onto the canopies of trees from the green belt leading to the ocean below. The U-shaped plan is composed around a central space opening onto the landscape, a vast living area with a kitchen, lounge, and dining room. The two wings contain the parental quarters (bedroom, office, and bathroom) and that of their architect children who occasionally occupy two bedrooms, an office, a bathroom, and toilets. Sheltered from prevailing winds on three sides of the building, a generous, partly covered terrace accommodates al fresco dining in summer and leads to a swimming pool. Its pine slats placed on the same level as the floor of the house ensure the continuity between interior and exterior. The construction in white float-finish stucco echoes the simplicity of traditional houses on the Vendée Coast. This simplicity continues inside, through the light-grey woodwork and white walls that emphasise the light oak tone of the parquet floor.

Martell The Journey: a multi-sensorial and immersive visit experience to discover the house of cognac on its historic site of Gâtebourse.

Client :
Martell & Co
Collaborators :
Edgar (lots techniques)
agence NC (scénographie)
La Méduse (audiovisuel et multimédias)
F. Austerlitz & M. Blaise (éclairage)
Surface :
1 000 m²
Cost :
1 600 000 €
Year :
2019
Location :
Cognac (16)
Program :

Construction of Martell’s permanent exhibition visit

photograph :

Aline Aubert

Edgar has provided the project management of technical lots for the permanent exhibition visit of the Martell House in Cognac, assisting and advising the scenographer, Nathalie Crinière. Designed prior to their intervention, three pathways are provided: ‘Heritage’ visits the archives, history, and development of the House of Cognac since its foundation by Jean Martell in 1715; ‘Expertise’ sets out to discover some of the experts who create the spirits (coopers, chai masters, farmers, etc.); and ‘The Angels’ Share’ is a multisensorial pathway with interactive installations. The architects’ role, deliberately undertaken behind the scenes, consisted of handling the administrative (building permit application), safety (fire safety, negotiations with the control office), and heritage aspects (talks with the architect from Bâtiments de France, respect of the historical elements). Involved in the phase for the Dossier de Consultation des Entreprises (DCE), Edgar had to meet technical challenges to ensure the project was feasible without affecting its initial aesthetic. The architects thus applied their expertise to adapting and providing solutions that would respect the site and the regulations, while remaining discreet so as to prioritise the immersive dimension of the visit.

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