NANTES – In the north of Nantes, France’s sixth largest city, a new creative hub – called Hub Créatic – was recently completed by local architectural outfit Tetrarc. The building provides affordable office space for creative and technology-related start-ups, and helps to cement the city’s reputation for promoting sustainable and forward-thinking development.
Although the new structure is located on the city’s urban edge, it is nestled on an education campus that hosts a polytechnic and a school of design, as well as universities dedicated to mining and forestry. ‘More than 80% of the building has already been let out,’ say the architects, pointing out that the hub’s location makes it ‘an attractive place for young companies.’
The building itself is a four storey structure, comprising a central pavilion and an additional wing of offices. Inside the central pavilion, a free-form atrium activates the space and brings daylight into the building. According to the architects, ‘the atrium is the heart of the building: it breaks the monotony seen in office buildings and creates a unique rhythm.’
The façade of the building features angular, bright-yellow fins that frame the windows and protect the interiors from glare and solar heat gain. ‘The colour represents sun, light and warmth,’ the architects explain.