Penthouse sur Loire / Avignon et Clouet

© Stéphane Chalmeau

Stéphane Chalmeau shared with us this great Penthouse refurbishment made by french architects Avignon et Clouet in Nantes, , giving great sunlight to the interiors using glass divisions instead of solid walls and including an indoor pool with an amazing view to the city.

Take a look at the complete photoset after the break.

Cite: "Penthouse sur Loire / Avignon et Clouet" 06 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • Architist

    Wow.. a retracted stairs that is a really cool idea. No floor plans?

  • Nick Downes

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  • Francesco

    I don’t like it

  • Dustin

    It seems like a great layout but I hate the materials employed. Everything looks like plastic. It’s like living in a hospital.
    The retracted stairs are cool… but probably not necessary with better planning.

  • H. Roark

    It must feel good to be a banker…

  • INawe

    Love it. Views from everywhere. Great concept. Beautiful execution.

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  • GS

    what if the power goes out and the stairs are left in the closed position?

    • flor

      you die.

      • pancho


  • eb

    is it really architecture, without floor plans and sections?

  • claudem

    a glorified public bathroom! hate those wc partitions

  • Andy

    Pretty pictures, but it’s hard to make sense of the space without floorplans. Is there some reason they were omitted?

    • sullka

      errrrrr…because the architects didn’t send them?

      • Andy

        What a fantastically useless response. So glad I bothered to click back and read it. You’re awesome.

  • that’s what she

    like the stairs…everything else is really NORMAL

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  • Trevdor

    I liked the stair until I saw it retracted. That just makes it seem kitschy, like the rest of this project. It looks like an overpriced hotel room.

  • Michael

    Pity all that money couldn’t buy a decent floor-to-ceiling height.

  • Modern Zen Architecture

    Hmmm. I have a big issue with the stairs. I wonder how much weight each step could handle. I’m a big guy, and I can already imagine myself breaking one of the steps!

  • watashimo

    I’d feel like I was living inside a television.

  • alejandro

    freaky french

  • Nicholas Patten

    I'd Live Here: Penthouse sur Loire.

  • WPstudios

    RT @nicholaspatten I'd Live Here: Penthouse sur Loire.

  • http://www.jankowskiarchitekten Karl Jankowski

    it´s architecture – realy good….like the 5th element but i miss the beautys…!?

  • hmm

    Nice pool!

    What are the dimensions of the pool? Anyone know or good guess?

    Length x width

    thx in advance

    • voisindeville

      As I can see this building almost every day, I can tell that the pool is about 12 meters long, not more than 2.5 meters large and about 1 meter deep. A place to swimm alone.

  • zitoon

    I’ve seen that building in some magazine.
    That’s a very good job !!!
    Congratulations you two!

  • 1st_arch

    I like the stair and the external view
    I can’t imagine the spaces without the plan
    It seems simple

  • voisindeville

    I live in Nantes, not far away from this building that has a wonderful view on the Loire and the city. But, even thought this is a very good (and expensive) work of those architects, what’s the use of it if no one ever lives in ? I’ve never seen anybody at the windows, any lights at night.

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