HOUSING + NURSERY SCHOOL + OFFICES, CENTRAL NANTES

This project starts from the center and is one of the most multi-purposed buildings the agency has ever undertaken: 56 apartments, a nursery school, a center for social reintegration and offices. It is in Nantes (western France), right in the middle of the historical old town, not far from the Beaux-Art museum. This very urbanized installation surrounds and highlights a wooded garden that has been preciously preserved.

Philippe Dubus Architectes, Michel Denancé, Sergio Grazia · HOUSING + NURSERY SCHOOL + OFFICES, CENTRAL NANTES
Sergio Grazia

This project starts from the center and is one of the most multi-purposed buildings the agency has ever undertaken: 56 apartments, a nursery school, a center for social reintegration and offices. It is in Nantes (western France), right in the middle of the historical old town, not far from the Beaux-Art museum. This very urbanized installation surrounds and highlights a wooded garden that has been preciously preserved.

Philippe Dubus Architectes, Michel Denancé, Sergio Grazia · HOUSING + NURSERY SCHOOL + OFFICES, CENTRAL NANTES
Sergio Grazia

The facilities are on the ground floor, and the entirely windowed outer walls are drawn with great precision along the street.

Philippe Dubus Architectes, Michel Denancé, Sergio Grazia · HOUSING + NURSERY SCHOOL + OFFICES, CENTRAL NANTES
Sergio Grazia

They blend into the landscape in the depth of the inner garden and progressively embed into the slope to lodge their garden-roofs in the shade of the cedar trees.

Philippe Dubus Architectes, Michel Denancé, Sergio Grazia · HOUSING + NURSERY SCHOOL + OFFICES, CENTRAL NANTES
Sergio Grazia

The tiered façades of the apartments stretch along the street. The building is split by two wide breaches along its top to provide neighbors with views of the inner landscape and residents triple exposures, extended by the angled loggias that overlook the street or garden.

Philippe Dubus Architectes, Michel Denancé, Sergio Grazia · HOUSING + NURSERY SCHOOL + OFFICES, CENTRAL NANTES
Sergio Grazia

As well as views of the Saint-Clément church steeple and the nearby Jardin des Plantes.

Philippe Dubus Architectes, Michel Denancé, Sergio Grazia · HOUSING + NURSERY SCHOOL + OFFICES, CENTRAL NANTES
Michel Denancé

The contemporary architectural language is intentional with all of the outer walls decorated in horizontal metallic cladding and bands, between which are inserted shutters, louvers and stainless-steel panels with curtain-like folds.

Philippe Dubus Architectes, Michel Denancé, Sergio Grazia · HOUSING + NURSERY SCHOOL + OFFICES, CENTRAL NANTES
Sergio Grazia

The garden at the building's center illustrates another conception of town-center density that is both generous and landscaped.

Philippe Dubus Architectes, Michel Denancé, Sergio Grazia · HOUSING + NURSERY SCHOOL + OFFICES, CENTRAL NANTES
Sergio Grazia

Philippe Dubus Architectes, Michel Denancé, Sergio Grazia · HOUSING + NURSERY SCHOOL + OFFICES, CENTRAL NANTES
Sergio Grazia
Philippe Dubus Architectes, Michel Denancé, Sergio Grazia · HOUSING + NURSERY SCHOOL + OFFICES, CENTRAL NANTES
Michel Denancé
Philippe Dubus Architectes, Michel Denancé, Sergio Grazia · HOUSING + NURSERY SCHOOL + OFFICES, CENTRAL NANTES
Michel Denancé
Philippe Dubus Architectes, Michel Denancé, Sergio Grazia · HOUSING + NURSERY SCHOOL + OFFICES, CENTRAL NANTES
Sergio Grazia
Philippe Dubus Architectes, Michel Denancé, Sergio Grazia · HOUSING + NURSERY SCHOOL + OFFICES, CENTRAL NANTES
Sergio Grazia
Philippe Dubus Architectes, Michel Denancé, Sergio Grazia · HOUSING + NURSERY SCHOOL + OFFICES, CENTRAL NANTES
Sergio Grazia
Philippe Dubus Architectes, Michel Denancé, Sergio Grazia · HOUSING + NURSERY SCHOOL + OFFICES, CENTRAL NANTES
Sergio Grazia
Philippe Dubus Architectes, Michel Denancé, Sergio Grazia · HOUSING + NURSERY SCHOOL + OFFICES, CENTRAL NANTES
Sergio Grazia
Philippe Dubus Architectes, Michel Denancé, Sergio Grazia · HOUSING + NURSERY SCHOOL + OFFICES, CENTRAL NANTES
Sergio Grazia
Philippe Dubus Architectes, Michel Denancé, Sergio Grazia · HOUSING + NURSERY SCHOOL + OFFICES, CENTRAL NANTES
Michel Denancé
Philippe Dubus Architectes, Michel Denancé, Sergio Grazia · HOUSING + NURSERY SCHOOL + OFFICES, CENTRAL NANTES
Michel Denancé
Philippe Dubus Architectes, Michel Denancé, Sergio Grazia · HOUSING + NURSERY SCHOOL + OFFICES, CENTRAL NANTES
Sergio Grazia
Philippe Dubus Architectes, Michel Denancé, Sergio Grazia · HOUSING + NURSERY SCHOOL + OFFICES, CENTRAL NANTES
Sergio Grazia
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