Beaux-Arts College

After two years of work, the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts left Nantes city center to anchor itself on the Ile de Nantes, under the old Alstom halls in the Quartier de la Création.
The building, designed by architect Franklin Azzi, fits under the original industrial structure. Its footprint is structured in two blocks around a huge indoor 160-m street.

Overall, there are 8,500 sqm of gray and white space spread over 3 levels, housing classrooms, craft workshops (wood, metal etc.) and latest generation multi-media studios.

All wall cladding is made with Ignipli® fire-retardant spruce BIME®1 (Glacier shade) as well as the claddings of the two blocks projecting from the forecourt. The challenge was to make these massive 3-ply panels compatible with fire regulations, architectural wishes and indoor and outdoor wear. It’s done for those 5,000 sqm.

Real Estate : Samoa – ESBANM – Nantes Métropole

Architects : Franklin Azzi Architecture

Photos & video : Valéry Joncheray

This project is nominated for ArchiDesignclub Awards 2018 in Education Buildings category