151 dwellings in ZAC du Pré Gauchet / a/LTA

02:00 - 31 January, 2016
© S. Chalmeau
© S. Chalmeau

© S. Chalmeau © S. Chalmeau © S. Chalmeau © S. Chalmeau +30

Nantes Conservatory / RAUM + L'Escaut Architectures

13:00 - 10 September, 2015
© Audrey Cerdan
© Audrey Cerdan

© Audrey Cerdan © Audrey Cerdan © Audrey Cerdan © Audrey Cerdan +25

Lycée International Nelson Mandela / François Leclercq et Associés

05:00 - 24 July, 2015
© Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

© Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura +31

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

09:30 - 6 July, 2015
Firefighters at the Glasgow School of Art in May 2014. Image © Stewart Attwood
Firefighters at the Glasgow School of Art in May 2014. Image © Stewart Attwood

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

04:00 - 24 June, 2015

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

10:55 - 15 June, 2015

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

01:00 - 13 November, 2014
© Cécile Septet
© Cécile Septet

© Cécile Septet © Cécile Septet © Cécile Septet © Cécile Septet +20

30 Social Housing Units in Nantes / Antonini + Darmon Architectes

01:00 - 9 October, 2014

Football Playground / Guinée et Potin Architects

01:00 - 16 September, 2014
© Martin Argyroglo
© Martin Argyroglo

© Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo +19

Hub Creatic / Tetrarc Architects

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau +19

Esma-Cinecreatis / Babled Nouvet Reynaud

01:00 - 13 April, 2014
© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau +16

Seniors' Residence + Nursery / a/LTA

01:00 - 27 December, 2013
© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau +40

Hôtelières du Rail Offices and Residences / Platform Architectures

01:00 - 20 October, 2013
© J. Ricolleau
© J. Ricolleau
  • Architects

  • 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 +11

Haluchère Mobility Hub / AUP

00:00 - 5 September, 2013
© Stephane Bis
© Stephane Bis

© Stephane Bis © Stephane Bis © Stephane Bis © Stephane Bis +21

ESTEBAN / Leibar-Seigneurin

01:00 - 10 August, 2013

EHUNDURA / Leibar-Seigneurin

00:00 - 8 August, 2013
© Patrick Miara
© Patrick Miara

© Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara +29

Sustainable Housing in Nantes / Atelier Tarabusi

01:00 - 2 June, 2013
© Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia +14

Housing Units in Nantes Winning Proposal / Hamonic + Masson

01:00 - 8 May, 2013
Courtesy of Hamonic + Masson
Courtesy of 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.