Erik Giudice architecture : Marché d’Intérêt National

Finished the narrow spaces of the Island of Nantes (44)! The second French National Interest Market (MIN) - after Rungis - finally settles in a place at the height of its ambitions, on twenty hectares of the commune of Rezé, located on the edge of the ring road south of Nantes. Designed by the Parisian agency Erik Giudice, the monumental site manages to combine functionality and strong architectural identity. Focus.

It is well known, the difficulty for this kind of operation lies in the creation of a harmony between very standardized program, architectural gesture and successful insertion in an already existing district. A challenge to which the teams of Erik Giudice architecture have signed up signing the new National Interest Market of Nantes, a monumental equipment, certainly, but open and integrated in its environment.

On a large scale, the project lies, of course, in what defines the market: a huge logistics platform of 92 000 square meters made up of sales, storage and offices.
For greater clarity, the project owners divide the complex into three halls of 350 meters long, arranged in parallel fashion and surmounted by a blanket with a warm wooden structure with assumed geometry. The main entrance, to the north, is overlooked by a cantilevered canopy of 8 meters coated with a steel mesh, giving the mass market a ethereal and bright.


"The wooden structure of the roof of the hall expresses its regular geometry the concept of flexibility and scalability that we offer for the entire MIN. " Erik Giudice architecture

True heart of the building, the central building culminating at 11 meters high constitutes the largest ensemble - 350x130 meters. An imposing element that the designers wanted to lighten as much as possible using a wide median street illuminated zenith via skylights embedded in the frame.

Restoration and conviviality areas as well as many green spaces complete the program, providing MIN with a welcoming atmosphere and helping to make this site a place of life in its own right.

A delicate and pleasant treatment given to a project not deprived of constraints. Hat!

To learn more, visit the site of Erik Giudice architecture

Photographs: Stephane Chalmeau and Julien Lanoo

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