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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.

Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery / Wodiczko + Bonder

© Philippe Ruault / Julian Bonder
© Philippe Ruault / Julian Bonder

Located along the Loire riverfront in the center of the city of Nantes, this memorial, designed by Wodiczko + Bonder, is a metaphorical and emotional evocation of the struggle for the abolition of slavery. With the aim of being above all historic, the project still continues into the present and proposes a physical transformation and symbolic reinforcement of 350 meters of the coast of the Loire along Quai de la Fosse. This working memorial includes the adaptation of a pre-existing underground residual space, a product of the construction of the Loire embankments and port during the XVIII, XIX, and XX Centuries. It provides space and means for remembering and thinking about slavery and the slave trade; commemorating resistance and the abolitionist struggle; celebrating the historic act of abolition; and for bringing the visitor closer to the continuing struggle against present-day forms of slavery. More images and architects’ description after the break.