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Bottière Chénaie / KAAN Architecten

© Sebastian van Damme © Sebastian van Damme © Sebastian van Damme © Sebastian van Damme + 41

Nantes, France
  • Architects: KAAN Architecten
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  17200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

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

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

Nantes, France

Puzzle House / Mabire Reich

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

Nantes, France
  • Architects: Mabire Reich
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  128
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

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

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

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

Nantes, France
  • Architects: LAN
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  34760
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Oscillation / Atelier Vecteur

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

  • Architects: Atelier Vecteur
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  80
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

New’R / Hamonic + Masson & Associés

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

Nantes, France

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 + 18

Nantes, France

École des Mines / Barré-Lambot Architects

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

Nantes, France

56 Apartments in Nantes / PHD Architectes

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

Nantes, France

Callot B1 Housing / Jacques Boucheton Architectes

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

Nantes, France

Kanoa Tower / Studio 02

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

Nantes, France
  • Architects: Studio 02
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Landscape House / Mabire Reich

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

Nantes, France
  • Architects: Mabire Reich
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  185
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

151 dwellings in ZAC du Pré Gauchet / a/LTA

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

Nantes, France
  • Architects: a/LTA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  11635
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Nantes Conservatory / L'Escaut Architectures + RAUM

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

Lycée International Nelson Mandela / François Leclercq et Associés

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

Nantes, France
  • Architects: François Leclercq et Associés
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  25500

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

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

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.