Manny / Tétrarc

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French Photographer Stéphane Chalmeau shared with us “Manny”, a  project by Tétrarc.

The building is located in Nantes, , in a creative arts district behind the Courthouse. The project is an initiative by the Coupechoux Design Group in partnership with Nantes developer Axel Colin, and will provide a space for architecture and creative arts businesses, while open to the city and the neighborhood trough a public showroom on the ground floor, hosting exhibits, conferences and other events

The chaotic skin protects the interior by filtering the direct sunlight, creating a dynamic facade that changes during the day with different reflections.

More photos after the break.

Cite: "Manny / Tétrarc" 18 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 Jul 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=44427>

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    I personally find this building incredibly attractive, especially when contrasted with the simplicity and sincerity of the industrial sawtooth in the initial photograph. It sounds like the program of the building is great as well, as it “will provide a space for architecture and creative arts businesses, while open to the city and the neighborhood trough a public showroom on the ground floor, hosting exhibits, conferences and other events”. One thing that has been nagging me though: what is that opening in the floor? In some perspectives it looks like a glorified control joint, in others a linear diffuser, in still others something altogether unrelated. Any insight?

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    I am not an architect so I want to ask a question: how will this façade look in a coulple of years? Is it a strong structure to appear nice over the years?

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      I imagine It will probably look the same? shouldnt get stained in this region of france.
      Or are you inferring that it will go out of fashion? even so it will still “look” the same, maybe people have a different interpretation of it…

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        If it rains, it will stain. Weathering however is just a part of the life of a building and architects should learn to embrace this and design for it.

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    what I find impressive about this is the coordination to construct this . Conceptually the facade reminds me the asymptote hotel, an elaborate brise soliel covering a coventional homogeneous floor plan. The last stand of creativity the facade. opinions?

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    I find this building a bit attractive, however my only opinion is that you have a common building and you sort of…. put a skin on top of it to make it attractive and appealing. I really would like to know what is the idea behind the skin of the building.. yes, I know it filters sunlight throughout the day, but what is the main idea? Also, some plans and sections would do nice..just saying.

    Other than that, the aluminum skin is very chaotic, so I think it attracts the eye right away from someone standing outside, but on the inside the view to the outside must be depressing.

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    I visited this building few weeks ago, and did not like it so much
    first, this façade looks really light on the photos, if you visit you actually see the underneath structure wich is really heavy (my opinion) it looks like a lot of efforts for a arguable esthetic.
    Second, no logic of the relation between the inside (very simple and, I have to recognize, elegant and the outside that is only a show off).

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