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Trade union centre

Conversion and extension of the former State Railway Station into a Trade Union Centre. 

Delivered in 2001, the Trade Union Centre was completed prior to the urban redevelopment project. It is located along Boulevard de la Prairie au Duc, on the site of the former State Railway Station that was built at the end of the 19th century and classified as a historic monument.

In the early 1990s, the City of Nantes wanted to bring all the trade unions together in a single location, and selected the State Railway Station as a place significant to the trade union struggle. Threatened with destruction, the central part of the former train station was renovated and now houses the services common to all the unions. Two groups of three buildings were created, with each group connected to the central part. The contemporary, minimalist style of the lateral extensions freed up a huge urban space, creating a public plaza open to the city, which showcases this piece of Nantes heritage.

The Nantes-based firm Forma 6 designed the development, which won first prize in the 2002 Loire Atlantique departmental architecture competition. Landscape architect Jacques Le Bris designed the interior patios of the new buildings, and the outdoor plaza was designed by Alexandre Chemetoff’s workshop.

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Type : Infrastructure - status : Completed