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

02:00 - 22 April, 2019
Alstom Warehouses, Nantes Métropole Higher School of Fine Arts / Franklin Azzi Architecture, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly + 18

Puzzle House / Mabire Reich

02:00 - 13 September, 2018
Puzzle House / Mabire Reich, © Guillaume Satre
© Guillaume Satre

© Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre + 12

An Architectural Guide to Nantes: The French City of Weird and Wonderful Art

16:30 - 20 July, 2018
An Architectural Guide to Nantes: The French City of Weird and Wonderful Art, Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne featuring Paysage Glisse by Tact Architectes and Tangui Robert. Image © LVAN
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne featuring Paysage Glisse by Tact Architectes and Tangui Robert. Image © LVAN

Situated in the Loire region of France, Nantes could be regarded as a “tale of two cities” from many angles. Once a bustling node for European shipping, former vast, industrial warehouses have become a hotbed of cultural and artistic expression. Meanwhile, divided by the Loire river flowing towards the Atlantic, a maze of Haussmann-style terraces, ornate cathedrals, and monumental museums sit in contrast to an island of outlandish mechanical contraptions, and young, modern, free-spirited innovation.

The sheer variety of artistic and architectural wonders alone make Nantes a destination for architects and designers. Merged with culinary excellence, highly-instagrammable hotels, and a determination by public and private officials to maintain and expand on the city’s vibrant, playful design scene, and Nantes becomes a must-see, undiscovered architectural gem.

Passage Pommeraye featuring Ode to Laziness by Philippe Ramette. Image © Marc Domage and LVAN The architecture school at Nantes featuring Bx Pallas by Block Architectes. Image © Philippe Piron and LVAN Installation at La Cantine du Voyage by Appelle Moi Papa. Image © Philippe Piron and LVAN Les Machines de L'ile. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh + 46

Tower 360° View / LAN

05:00 - 6 June, 2018
Tower 360° View / LAN, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo + 40

Oscillation / Atelier Vecteur

02:00 - 23 September, 2017
Oscillation  / Atelier Vecteur, © Tim Fox
© Tim Fox

© Tim Fox © Tim Fox © Tim Fox © Tim Fox + 35

New’R / Hamonic + Masson & Associés

11:00 - 19 June, 2017
New’R / Hamonic + Masson & Associés, © Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

© Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    22 Mail Pablo Picasso, 22, Mail Pablo Picasso, 44000 Nantes, France
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Gaëlle Hamonic, Jean-Christophe Masson, Marie-Agnès de Bailliencourt, Arnaud Grenié (project manager)
  • Area

    10350.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Les Patios Erdre Porterie / Jacques Boucheton Architectes

11:00 - 13 February, 2017
Les Patios Erdre Porterie  / Jacques Boucheton Architectes, Courtesy of Jacques Boucheton Architectes
Courtesy of Jacques Boucheton Architectes

Courtesy of Jacques Boucheton Architectes Courtesy of Jacques Boucheton Architectes Courtesy of Jacques Boucheton Architectes Courtesy of Jacques Boucheton Architectes + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    13 Rue Claude et Simone Millot, 44300 Nantes, France
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Jacques Boucheton, Anthony Fourrier
  • Area

    2748.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

École des Mines / Barré-Lambot Architects

09:00 - 29 January, 2017
École des Mines  / Barré-Lambot Architects, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault     © Philippe Ruault     © Philippe Ruault     © Philippe Ruault     + 15

56 Apartments in Nantes / PHD Architectes

13:00 - 14 December, 2016
56 Apartments in Nantes / PHD Architectes, © Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

© Sergio Grazia © Michel Denancé © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia + 23

Callot B1 Housing / Jacques Boucheton Architectes

15:00 - 25 April, 2016
Callot B1 Housing  / Jacques Boucheton Architectes, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau + 18

Kanoa Tower / Studio 02

22:00 - 18 April, 2016
Kanoa Tower  / Studio 02 , Courtesy of Studio-02 Architectes
Courtesy of Studio-02 Architectes

Courtesy of Studio-02 Architectes Courtesy of Studio-02 Architectes Courtesy of Studio-02 Architectes Courtesy of Studio-02 Architectes + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Île de Nantes, 44200 Nantes, France
  • Category

  • Area

    4200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

Landscape House / Mabire Reich

04:00 - 25 February, 2016
Landscape House / Mabire Reich, © Guillaume Satre
© Guillaume Satre

© Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre + 49

151 dwellings in ZAC du Pré Gauchet / a/LTA

02:00 - 31 January, 2016
151 dwellings in ZAC du Pré Gauchet / a/LTA, © S. Chalmeau
© S. Chalmeau

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nantes, France
  • Category

  • Design Team

    CETRAC + LALU
  • Area

    11635.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Nantes Conservatory / L'Escaut Architectures + RAUM

13:00 - 10 September, 2015
Nantes Conservatory / L'Escaut Architectures + RAUM, © Audrey Cerdan
© Audrey Cerdan

© Audrey Cerdan © Audrey Cerdan © Audrey Cerdan © Audrey Cerdan + 26

Lycée International Nelson Mandela / François Leclercq et Associés

05:00 - 24 July, 2015
Lycée International Nelson Mandela / François Leclercq et Associés, © Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    2 Rue Gaëtan Rondeau, 44200 Nantes, France
  • Category

  • 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

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

09:30 - 6 July, 2015
From Mackintosh to Saint-Donatien, Can We Really Afford to Set History on Fire?, 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.