From Mériadeck 1 to Mériadeck 2: thoroughgoing redevelopment and subtle shifts

Twenty years on from the opening of the Mériadeck library in Bordeaux, major changes in the building's intended use are underway. The article begins with a look back at the initial project, which was highly ambitious but never fully completed, and an assessment of the situation ten years on. It then studies the origin and content of the new redevelopment programme. It explains how the first phase of the architectural modernisation took place alongside a whole range of internal shifts, optimising the internal organisation, diversifying and showcasing the material on offer, reconfiguring the space, and strengthening the communication and cultural programmes.