After the House of Trade Unions and the new School of Fine Arts installed in the former halls of Alstom, the program "Inspirations" reinvents the urban landscape of the island of Nantes (44). In this context, the FRES agency founded in 2004 by Laurent Gravier and Sara Martin Camara takes up the challenge of building a complex of 101 housing for Cogedim Atlantic. A contemporary building with fragmented volumes that responds brilliantly to the suburban urbanism of the historic district of creation.

Delivered last March, the Y Building complex by FRES architectes is part of the urban redevelopment project of the island of Nantes. The 6010 Square Meters project includes 101 dwellings with a ceiling height of 2,70 meters, as well as different shared spaces. In the basement, the building has parking 54 parking spaces. On the ground floor, there are six shops open on the street. The complex also includes a concierge of 65 square meters, an equipped fitness room and a large collective terrace.

The building consists of several volumes at different heights and is articulated Y, an original form that characterizes the building and now gives it its name. Likewise, the perforated modular metal casing of the facades and the horizontal concrete strips give the complex a contemporary industrial character that harmonises the entire project and subtly integrates it into the neighborhood architecture.

The volumetric organization of the building offers different orientations to the dwellings and opens on the outside by two communicating courtyards. Four halls in the center of the complex provide access to the apartments, allowing for a gradual transition between public and private spaces. A clever choice that ensures residents comfort and privacy.

The project is thus thought of as a living machine, both social and innovative. The installation of an external thermal insulation, a landscaping in the heart of islet and a set of roof terraces make this project a pleasant, collective and functional living space.

An achievement that confirms that the island of Nantes is indeed the place to be.

To learn more, visit the site of the agency Fres

Photographs: Philippe Ruault, Juan Cardona, Cogedim

Léa Pagnier

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