Nautic Center / Guinée et Potin Architects

© Stéphane Chalmeau

Architects: Guinée et Potin Architects
Location: Pléneuf Val-André, Brittany,
Directors in Charge: Anne-Flore Guinée, Hervé Potin
Collaborators: Céline Monvoisin, Solen Nico, Adélaide Fiche
Client: Town of Pléneuf Val-Andre
Engineering: ISATEG, Nantes, France
Project Area: 718 sqm
Budget: 1,200,000 € HT
Project Year: 2008-2010
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

The “Piégu” nautical centre must come to insert in the context, without “maltreating it”, but to changing these principles simply, to coherence with architectural and landscape matter of the site. From independent components, the project creates a place whose elements are articulated and woven together.

program diagram

Having delimited on 3 faces by the recent strengthening of the cliff, the plot, very exigüe, “casts” in the Southwest on the coastal region and the big beach of the Val André, down below.

The project stacks three layers which decline the aspects and identity of the context, so urban as environmental and programmatic:
The wooden low layer adopts a homogeneous and continuous skin in lap siding red cedar, durable species and resistant to the very wet marine environment, incorporate large sliding doors.

© Stéphane Chalmeau

The intermediate layer is composed in emissive glass, take account of the south-western orientation; the guard board is in coloured glass, referring to the balneal statute of the town of Pléneuf Val André, on the Channel Sea in the west of France.

The higher layer is wrapped of concrete tinted in the mass with chestnut tonality. Various impregnations create a vibration of the concrete face, becoming integrated to the rock background of cliff.

section details
© Stéphane Chalmeau

This superimposing of subjects, also reads in the functionality of plan, which stacks programs: In the ground floor, the stockings of boats and technical places, at the first level a « club house » and administrative offices, in second, cloakroom showers.

© Guinée et Potin

The vegetable roof covering has a maintenance as easy as limited, decorating the visibility on the nautical centre by offering “top” a natural landscape, and consolidating the equipment in its environmental qualities: strong thermal inertia; rainwater retention by plants; the heat is retained the winter, and contrary, the vegetable roof covering protects to the heat during the summer.

This roof covering integrates solar collectors discreetly.

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Cite: "Nautic Center / Guinée et Potin Architects" 28 Apr 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • Geolovely

    Reminds me of a land-locked version of the USS Arizona memorial in Pearl Harbor.

  • Doug


    • Dan

      …and yet you made a remark:) Bwah-haha! Just being jovial, no offense meant. It is remarkably different from most of what is built near me, so from my point of view its quite different. Personally, I rather like it. Just my two-cents.

      • Doug

        Good one.

  • freq

    I like the diversity of it! It’s all over the place, in a very good way. :)) yay!

  • windzerg

    The window looks weird and great~

  • françois le françois

    Le zodiac blanc, à gauche, n’est pas à vendre des fois?

  • aRtech

    it’s a great design
    But you’re putting the wrong position on google map … it’s far away from there … :)
    love you archdaily