Quartier Niel is along Rue Hortenserue and De Marechal in the district of La Bastide, city of Bordeaux, department of Gironde, region of Aquitaine, France.
Alongside the Garonne river lies this historic military establishment. The remnants of a former train yard just behind it remain. Deliveries were made at this large, thriving complex.
The area began as the Niel zone in 1874 with some small general shops that turned into barracks. Barracks were initially built in 1876 and 1877. More were built and the are was enlarged through 1922. From 1940 – 1944, the German Army occupied the area.
Later the site was used to house Spanish refugees who helped build the nearby submarine base.
It was used as an active military base until it was abandoned in 2005. By 2013, life was renewed slowly and ever so steadily into this environment. Some spots have been renovated to allow for shops and displays. Others remain desolate and empty allowing use for artists to paint, tag and display their feelings markedly upon the walls.
It is currently home to the Darwin Ecosystem, a group dedicated to eco-creative activities. Currently there are a few stores, office spaces, cafe, restaurant, an urban farm and even a whole skateboard park. Though it buzzes with life, activity and expression; there is still a lot that remains desolate among the empty walls of this vast former military complex.
Where are the remains of the abandoned military complex of Caserne Niel in Bastide located? You can find it with these coordinates. 44.846856, -0.556827.