A great territory for experimentation with a high quality of life

A city that reinvents itself

Bordeaux has been voted First World Tourism Destination in 2017 by the Los Angeles Times and the Lonely Planet. It welcomes an increasing number of visitors each year: 7 million in 2017, 14 million forecasted in ten years. Why such an enthusiasm?

Bordeaux is now two hours from Paris by train. It’s not just the wine capital of the world. It is also a metropolis with the look of a ‘European California’ that attracts the talents of the new economy by offering them a unique social and environmental area for experimentation.

The Villa Shamengo project is part of the 2030 Regional Development Strategy, ‘Grand Bordeaux: from a crescent to a full moon’. As part of this Operation of National Interest (OIN), Bordeaux intends to assert itself as one of the major European cities of the 21st century.


It will open its doors in Bordeaux for five years.
It will then be disassembled and relocated to another city.

A project with social goals

The Villa Shamengo is the result of a co-construction citizen-centred project. Since the beginning of the project, it has brought together many members from the civil society, the public and private sectors: parents, schoolchildren, students, innovators, civil servants, employees of leading companies… Hundreds of people, including many individuals from Bordeaux, are enthusiastically involved in this project which benefits many.

This unprecedented cooperation aims not only to give birth to a ‘best living together’ urban example, but also to test new kinds of governance and working methodologies to best integrate the wealth of all stakeholders.

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Latest news from the Villa

Shamengo a participé au salon Woodrise, à Bordeaux

20 September 2017
1er salon international dédié à l’habitat en bois

Eiffage, first founding partner of the Shamengo Villa

2 May 2017
We are proud to announce our partnership with Eiffage, European leader in construction, as part of the first Shamengo Villa in Bordeaux. The decision to share resources and talents often stems from a story of personal encounters. Hervé Lapastoure, real estate director of Eiffage Sud Ouest, has played a formidable role as a go-between, and […]

Shamengo Villa Odyssey

8 March 2017
Silence, action !

An Indian artist for the Villa

15 February 2017
Hiren Patel is an architect based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India specialising in ecological and sustainable architecture. He has agreed to take over the artistic direction of the first Shamengo Villa in Bordeaux. Hiren has a real fondness for this citizen project, due to its simplicity and elegance. For three days, he pounded the pavements of […]

A+ for students at ESD and Condé School of Design

25 January 2017
Who said that younger generations don’t have the resources to meet the social and environmental challenges they face? Armed with the digital revolution and their desire to change the world, 50 students at the l’Ecole Supérieur du Digital and the Condé School of Design proved they have what it takes. After 3 months of hard […]