Alstom Warehouses, Nantes Métropole Higher School of Fine Arts / Franklin Azzi Architecture

Alstom Warehouses, Nantes Métropole Higher School of Fine Arts / Franklin Azzi Architecture

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Renovation  · 
Nantes, France
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Franklin Azzi Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    26000.0 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Arcelor Mittal, BAYER, Onduline, Reynaers Aluminium
  • Lead Architect

    Franklin Azzi
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  • Execution architects

  • Construction economists

  • Environment engineer

  • Acoustic engineer

    Lamoureux Acoustique
  • Facade engineer

  • General engineer

    Setec Bâtiment
  • Landscape

    Bureau Bas Smets
  • Technical controller

  • Layout

    Société d'Aménagement de la Métropole Ouest Atlantique (SAMOA)
  • Client

    Nantes Métropole, École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Nantes Métropole (ESBANM)
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Text description provided by the architects. Located in the “Ile de Nantes” a site undergoing industrial transformation, the Alstom Warehouses requalification project marks a new step towards the objective of urban rehabilitation. It goes beyond – it is about city-making, city-making together on the old Alstom warehouses site so that a new dynamic arises at the crossroads of culture, technology and economy.

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© Luc Boegly

In over 20 years, the available 26,000m2 (280,000 sq. ft.) of the existing warehouses will be restructured and converted into a multipurpose Creation district comprising: the Nantes Saint-Nazaire Higher School of Fine Arts (ENSBAN), the Nantes University, an office property complex for creative startups and a business accelerator, artists’ workshops, a creative Third-Place project, and a catering facility.

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By 2020, this insular city area will bring together over 4,500 students from various backgrounds: art, architecture, design, cinema, digital media, dance and music. Franklin Azzi Architecture’s mission was twofold: urban planning of the whole old Alstom warehouses area, and architectural design of the Higher School of Fine Arts. The Higher School of Fine Arts settles in Warehouses No4 & 5 to accommodate five hundred students in a monumental transparent architecture.

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This ambitious rehabilitation and restructuring operation will provide the school with brand new premises, better suited for the production of contemporary art work – materials, digital and print. The 4,000m2 (43,000 sq. ft.) facilities for research and experimentation will be composed of workshops and free-spaces, an Art library, a public hub for creative publishing and a youth center, a contemporary art gallery, a store and a solidarity grocery.

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Urban approach for the Alstom warehouses. “We intended to open this urban enclave to create a climate of proximity and synergy that didn’t exist yet. The threefold urban work on the arts esplanade, the two new pedestrian streets, and the passageways, enables to create large open public spaces where the various dwellers can meet and exchange. We designed a system that enables everyone to cross or roam the site at will. From now on, the old enclave is connected to its surroundings, grafting itself onto the existing urban fabric of the district and the city.” Franklin Azzi, architect

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Architectural approach for the Higher School of Fine Arts. “The establishment of the Nantes Saint-Nazaire Higher School of Fine Arts in the old Alstom Warehouses brings back to life this brownfield site. This existing-friendly project exploits the intrinsic qualities of the site, but this patrimonial approach is nevertheless relatively radical – the metallic structures are the only remaining evidence of what were once the warehouses, and they are dressed with a transparent envelope. The warehouses have been opened, reorganized, and reconnected.

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They unveil the programs they contain, thus contributing to the urban cohesion and reevaluating the human scale. Committed to rejecting all attempts of architectural gesticulation, this solution not only favors an economy of means but also focuses on freeing spaces that will become expression areas with great flexibility for the students and the neighborhood life.” Franklin Azzi, architect

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Address: Mail du Front populaire, 44200 Nantes, France

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Cite: "Alstom Warehouses, Nantes Métropole Higher School of Fine Arts / Franklin Azzi Architecture" 22 Apr 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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