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Zellige Housing Complex / Tectône + Tact architectes

© Cyrille Lallement
© Cyrille Lallement

© Cyrille Lallement© Cyrille Lallement© Cyrille Lallement© Cyrille Lallement+ 24

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6825
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Technal, Archipad, Blockstar, Graphisoft, Mosa, +1

Bottière Chénaie / KAAN Architecten

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

  • 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

  • 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 LVANThe architecture school at Nantes featuring Bx Pallas by Block Architectes. Image © Philippe Piron and LVANInstallation at La Cantine du Voyage by Appelle Moi Papa. Image © Philippe Piron and LVANLes Machines de L'ile. Image © Niall Patrick Walsh+ 46

Tower 360° View / LAN

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

  • Architects: LAN
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  34760
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: ENGIE AXIMA, Otis, ACCS, API, ATLANTIC SUD PAYSAGE, +22

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
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Embalpal 

New’R / Hamonic + Masson & Associés

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

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  10350
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: ALUBEL, Kone, EUROSERRE

Les Patios Erdre Porterie / Jacques Boucheton Architectes

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

Nantes, France
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2748
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: K-Line France, Cubik'o

École des Mines / Barré-Lambot Architects

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

Nantes, France
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6358
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Danpal, EVERLITE, RENSON, ALGAGLEX

56 Apartments in Nantes / PHD Architectes

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

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  7200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Technal, Arcelor Mittal, TECHNAL FY SOLEAL

Callot B1 Housing / Jacques Boucheton Architectes

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

Kanoa Tower / Studio 02

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

  • 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

  • Architects: Mabire Reich
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  185
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Focus

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

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2693
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Celenit

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.