With this mixed building designed by the architects of the agency SPLAAR, the district of the Island of Nantes continues its impressive revival. Here, no question of elephants or mechanical marine monsters: #UNIK welcomes shops, offices and housing.

Anyone who has already visited the Island of Nantes could only be challenged by the dynamism of this neighborhood in full redevelopment. A real industrial wasteland since the end of the 1980 years of the shipyards that were installed there, the one that used to be called Beaulieu Island attracts since the works carried out at the beginning of the 2000 years as much the tourists as the artists ... and even the architects. Daniel Buren and Jean Nouvel have thus affixed their mark ... A revival so dazzling that the building plots are now rare. Lucky, the members of the Parisian agency SPLAAR had the opportunity to draw a large mixed project, including shops, offices, housing and even a music school, all simply called #UNIK.

Despite its name synonymous with unity, the realization is actually composed of two separate volumes, simply connected by a gallery. The lowest, on three floors, is capped with a smaller realization evoking two houses. As for the second, it is a tower culminating on eight levels! In each building, the first floors are reserved for services and offices, while above are housing. "This program wants to demonstrate that we can live together, pool certain uses, animate a building day and night"explain the designers. In this perspective, both buildings are equipped with fully passable green roofs. The must ? The roof of the smallest volume, where "Five exceptional apartments are laid. Benefiting from very large terraces on one level, covered by two metal sheds, they are a nod to the old neighboring Alstom halls now transformed into a school of Fine Arts " detail the architects. If you were looking for a new excuse to pass on the Island of Nantes, it is all found!

Project title : #UNIQUE
City, Country: Nantes (44)
Owner: Realities promotion
Mastery of work : SPLAER
Area : 4 900 m2
Cost of works: 6 400 000 € HT
Calendar : 2017 delivery

Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

The project is selected for les ArchiDesignclub Awards 2018 in the Mixed Program category

To learn more, visit ArchiDesignclub the Awards site et the SPLAAR 

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