JAPANESE STYLE STAIRS –NANTES (44) – 2017
Creation / Métalobil
Design Engineering / Manufacture / Installation / Métalobil
Contracting owner / Tolefi
Architects / forma6
Photo Credit / Métalobil
The real estate developer Tolefi launches 14 000m² of offices at the top of the range in the French city of Nantes. Tolefi always cares about implementing innovative buildings combining bold architecture and design. For this project, Tolefi called upon two famous agencies from Nantes: forma6 and Métalobil.
Forma6 architects manage the project of the park 6 buildings. Catherine Malleret, partner architect in the agency explains : “Tolefi gave us free rein to create 14 000m² of offices. We answered the challenge with series: we have repeated a genetically identical model that evokes the chromosome, the cell division and thus life. Randomly put in a park and 5.5 times repeated, the building becomes a pattern. The use of bricks as a genetic map for each building became self-evident. For appropriation needs the central nucleus, the hall and it stairs, will carry the identification marks of each of them.” The bricks layout, the wooden loggias, the moucharaby underline the bold esthetic of the project.