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Garo Boixel : Îlot des Îles

Decidedly, the island of Nantes (44) continues to inspire architects! And the builders Marc Boixel and Nicole Garo are no exception. Driven by the power of the Loire, the Quai de la Fosse or the Titan crane, they imagine the "Îlot des Îles", a building of brutalist influence with a visual identity as strong as its host city.

With concrete as the only material, the ensemble is a tribute to the brutality of the city and does not affirm the taste of its designers for the stripping, the minimalism and the minerality of the quays of Nantes. The solid parallelepiped is pierced by a window recessed, lightening its envelope and allowing its residents to benefit from natural light and views of the Parc des Chantiers.

"Nature, light, city and history are impressive. " Marc Boixel and Nicole Garo, architects

Organized in the heart of a block collective, the construction of a floor area of ​​6 910 square meters surrounds an interior courtyard accessible to all users of the building. And users, there are! In fact, the complex contains multi-storey townhouses, townhouses on the side lanes, artists' studios on the ground floor on the North Promenade, and business premises on the boulevard de la Praire. Duc, located to the south. In reference to the figure of the Nantes warehouse and the Loire sheds, the courtyard facades are lined with dark wood laid vertically, warmed by the presence of many plants in the outdoor space.

A true tribute to the beautiful Nantes.

The project is selected for the 2019 ADC Awards in the Mixed category

To learn more, visit the ADC Awards website et from Garo Boixel

Photographs: DR

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