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Lycée International Nelson Mandela / François Leclercq et Associés

  • Architects: François Leclercq et Associés
  • Location: 2 Rue Gaëtan Rondeau, 44200 Nantes, France
  • Architect In Charge: François Leclercq architectes et urbanistes Directeurs de projet : Anne Carcelen, architecte associée et directrice d’agence, Paul Laigle, architecte associé
  • Area: 25500.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Takuji Shimmura

© Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura

From Mackintosh to Saint-Donatien, Can We Really Afford to Set History on Fire?

On 23 May 2014, a fire swept through the Glasgow School of Art, destroying its iconic library. The cause of the fire was reported to be a projector exploding in the basement of the building and catching a piece of foam, leading to a bigger fire that rapidly ascended the building. The fire was extinguished after four and a half hours thanks to the efforts of over sixty firefighters and thankfully no lives were endangered - however, considerable damage was made to an irreplaceable historic building.

The building was built between 1897 and 1909 and designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scotland’s influential architect who brought the art nouveau touch to 20th century Britain which influenced design across Europe. As such, the fire that ruined the Mackintosh Building of the Glasgow School of Art in was a reminder of our historical heritage and how crucial it is to preserve it and keep it safe from fire.

Video: Stanton Williams Explain Their Design for the Nantes Musée des Beaux-Arts

In 2009 Stanton Williams won an international competition to transform the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes, one of France's six largest Fine Art Museums outside of Paris. Their design for this, the London-based practice's first major project in France, connects a number of historic buildings through one new "monolithic extension, glazed with thin layers of Portuguese white marble and glass façade." The museum is slated to open to the public in 2016.

Huge Fire Damages Basilica of Saint-Donatien in Nantes

The Basilica of Saint-Donatien in Nantes has been significantly damaged by a huge fire. As reported by the BBC, the fire started at around 10:30 am local time, and is believed to have broken out on the roof of the building in connection with waterproofing work.

Canopia Park Housing / BABIN+RENAUD

  • Architects: BABIN+RENAUD
  • Location: Mail Haroun Tazieff, 44300 Nantes, France
  • Area: 4185.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Cécile Septet

© Cécile Septet © Cécile Septet © Cécile Septet © Cécile Septet

Football Playground / Guinée et Potin Architects

© Martin Argyroglo
© Martin Argyroglo
  • Architects: Guinée et Potin Architects
  • Location: 2 Ter Quai François Mitterrand, 44000 Nantes, France
  • Architect In Charge: Florian Carré
  • Design Team: Anne-Flore Guinée, Hervé Potin architects
  • Area: 60.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Martin Argyroglo

© Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo

Esma-Cinecreatis / Babled Nouvet Reynaud

  • Architects: Babled Nouvet Reynaud
  • Location: rue René Siegfried, 44200 Nantes, France
  • Principal In Charge: Armand Nouvet
  • Area: 5127.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau

Seniors' Residence + Nursery / a/LTA

  • Architects: a/LTA
  • Location: Cure de Notre Dame de Lourdes, 26 Route de Rennes, 44300 Nantes, France
  • Project Team: Isateg + Auxitec
  • Area: 5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau

Hôtelières du Rail Offices and Residences / Platform Architectures

  • Architects: Platform Architectures
  • Location: Nantes, France
  • Architects In Charge: Pierre Paquier (studies) and Stéphane Allaire (construction)
  • Client: Espaces Ferroviaires Résidences hôtelières du rail
  • Area: 3415.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: J. Ricolleau

© J. Ricolleau © J. Ricolleau © J. Ricolleau © J. Ricolleau

Haluchère Mobility Hub / AUP

  • Architects: Architecture Urbanisme et Paysage
  • Location: Nantes, France
  • Design Team: Luc Davy, Stephane Geffard
  • Area: 43500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Stephane Bis

© Stephane Bis © Stephane Bis © Stephane Bis © Stephane Bis

EHUNDURA / Leibar-Seigneurin

  • Architects: Leibar-Seigneurin
  • Location: 25 Rue Lanoue Bras de Fer, 44200 Nantes, France
  • Area: 5400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Patrick Miara

© Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara

Sustainable Housing in Nantes / Atelier Tarabusi

© Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia
  • Architects: Atelier Tarabusi
  • Location: 54 Rue de la Basse Chênaie, 44300 Nantes, France
  • Engineer: I2C
  • Area: 4138.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia

Housing Units in Nantes Winning Proposal / Hamonic + Masson

Designed by Hamonic + Masson, their winning proposal for the housing units in Nantes opens a dialogues with the surrounding space by introducing a new way of living together, mainly based on the generosity of the exterior private and community spaces. The architecture of the building and public spaces will be composed of a play in the accumulation and stacking of floors. The ensemble of curves highlights the building's radiance and dialogue with the near and far environment. More images and architects' description after the break.