The chronographe, archeological Interpretation Center
Situated in Rezé on the south bank of the ancient river bed of the Loire, the « Chronograhe » is a new cultural equipment dedicated to the archeological history of the city of Rezé in the metropolis of Nantes.
Because it’s flood-prone, the site was preserved from recent urbanisation.
The on going archeological excavations have already revealed the remains of the gallo-roman port with a quay, public baths and multiple warehouses before a chapel dedicated to Saint Lupien was erected in the early middle ages.
The Chronographe is therefore dedicated to the interpretation of these findings and addressed to both children and adults.
The building itself is erected between the two foundation walls of a large gallo-roman warehouse and it's architecture directly refers to it's storage purpose for the archeological findings.
the raw appearance of the wood cladding and the unfinished look can evoke a medieval construction. The large rooftop terrace and the observation tower offer a unique view on the landscape of the metropolis of Nantes.
The wood tower is also a reference to the the nearby « maison radieuse », one of Le Corbusier’s housing units.
The program is quite simple: one floor dedicated to permanent exhibition, the other one for temporary exhibition. The scenography will be completed in the beginning of 2017, more photos here