To make the Bassins-à-flot area a innovative neighborhood, the City of Bordeaux has chosen to “do things differently” and build it according to the experimental principles of « negotiated urban-planning » defined the office Nicolas Michelin & Associés (ANMA). This former port area was home to a submarine bunker, locks, silos, docks and warehouses and the entire venue was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list in 2007. ANMA was tasked with transforming a block in the distinctive neighbourhood to create both private and social housing. The development comprises two apartment buildings, positioned along either side of a glazed atrium, a large garden space shared by the inhabitants. The access to the apartments is provided by internal balconies and bridges leading directly onto the garden. The roofing is a succession of north-south facing sheds in the manner of thewarehouses present on the site. They thus signed a new way of living in a neighborhood that reinvents everyday city planning.