The ESMA-CINECREATIS program gathers together an animated film school and a student residence. It is part of the redevelopment of Nantes former shipyards, the parc des chantiers navals and takes its place among the former shipbuilding infrastructures and their ‘building set’ filled with ramps, boat slipways and booms. The building is composed of a two levels plinth taking up the whole plot of land and a plain volume rising at around 32 m, and corresponding the Titans cranes characterizing this bank of the Loire river, facing the 18th centuryquai de la Fosse. The socle volume offers a geography connecting the school program with principal orientations of the site : it is hollowed out by a double patio marking the entrance ; it opens a single wide window as a display of the school towards the parc des chantiers ; the third floor cafeteria opens onto a large terrace facing a broad panorama toward the River and the City.
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