University building in France – Nantes School of Architecture
The holistic approach of Lacaton & Vassal Architects to the social, economic, and environmental performance of the Nantes School of Architecture culminates in the production of extra space at no additional cost. The Nantes School of Architecture represents a fundamentally different way of conceptualizing low-cost architecture, in which a minimal budget translates into maximum space.
Last updated: March 11, 2014 Nantes, France
By optimizing construction processes, the architects more than doubled the project’s usable surface area, from 12,500 to 26,000 square meters. The embedded potential of these additional, non-programmed spaces engenders new dynamics both within the school and between the school and its immediate context.
The Nantes School of Architecture is the first program to be installed in the space – but the scheme’s anticipation of change suggests that what is now a university campus could easily adapt to an altogether different use. As an architectural school, the building will make a long-lasting and influential impression on future generations of architects who will go on to broadcast its sustainable values both nationally and internationally.