Penthouse sur Loire / Avignon et Clouet


Stéphane Chalmeau shared with us this great Penthouse refurbishment made by french architects Avignon et Clouet in Nantes, France, 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 30 Jan 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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