A hive of activity in Nantes

Tuesday 29 Jul 2014

Tetrarc creates vivid yellow commercial hub for 70 start-up companies in Nantes, France

The Tetrarc agency has put its name to the Hub Créatic in Nantes, a building dedicated to young companies developing new digital applications. Behind its lively yellow walls, the building assembles seventy of these start-up businesses. It offers these tenants a scalable work space at a reduced rent where they can finalise their creations and recognise their early development. It gathers the businesses around a vast swirling atrium, a spatial design favourable to communication and the synergy of projects.

The architecture reflects the particular purpose of the building and showcases an industry of excellence in the city of Nantes comprising 700 companies and representing 18,000 jobs in new information and communication technologies.

The Hub Créatic has been built at the heart La Chantrerie, a campus comprising private and public higher education establishments such as the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines, Ecole Supérieure du Bois, Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique et Polytech and the Ecole d’Ingénieurs de l’Université de Nantes. Its architecture transmits the image of a hive of activity thanks to the honeycomb-shaped windows and its honey colour which provides the positive connotation of a hive and its intense and highly productive activity.

To impose this vivid image on the volumes and the disparate aesthetics created by different agencies since the 1990s, Tetrarc has taken advantage of the project’s location. The building takes ownership of the site’s open position on the Brittany road link. Its windows and main entrance look onto the virtual boulevard designed by Christian de Portzamparc so that Nantes town centre, represented by the tall figure of the Tour de Bretagne, is symbolically linked to its academic, cultural and tertiary peripheral extensions.


Client: Nantes Métropole Aménagement
Architects: TETRARC
Project Director: Alain Boêffard
Project Manager: Patrick Moreuil
Study: Patrick Moreuil, Marc-Antoine Bouyer, Hervé Martin
Site: Marc-Antoine Bouyer
Economist / OPC: CMB
BET Structure: CERT
Landscapers: PHYTOLAB
Acoustician: SERDB
Structural system: ETPO
Roads and Utility - Groundwork: BRETHONE
Frame and metalwork: EMFA
Sealing - photovoltaic panel: EUROETANCHE
Planning Atrium: METALOBIL
Exterior carpentry: LEBLANC
Aluminium joinery and wood interior carpentry: MADEC

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