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A new institution of higher education will open on Boulevard de Gaulle, as well as the master chocolatier Debotté which will open a new concept store-workshop on the ground floor.

A location undergoing redevelopment

On the site of the former Shell service station on Boulevard du General de Gaulle, Compétences et Développement* is opening an institution of higher educational on the Ile de Nantes next year. After the former service station was dismantled, the site housed one of the experimental exhibits of the Green Island project organised by Samoa. The exhibit showcased the history of the site and its future redevelopment.

The chocolatier Debotté, located on the ground floor, and the HEP Campus schools will move into their new premises in November 2017.

An architecture based on openness, user experience and aesthetics

Architect Rudy Ricciotti, who will design the future Nantes train station, also known for having designed the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM) in Marseilles, has imagined a 4,000 sq. m building, on four levels. He once again takes advantage of the properties of concrete to achieve outstanding aesthetics. He was inspired by the “Beyond Black” concept invented by Pierre Soulage, where light is born from the contrast and interaction of black and white.

The glass-fronted ground floor is surmounted by a perimeter ribbon constituted by nearly 9 km of concrete slats that wrap around the building like a mantilla.

The development

The master chocolatier Debotté will open a new concept store-workshop on the ground floor. Firmly anchored in the heritage of Nantes, the retailer marks a new stage in its evolution and perpetuates the history of the family who have been pastry chefs-chocolatiers for three generations.

The new HEP Campus in Nantes, located on the upper floors, brings together 7 schools in the Compétences & Développement network. To offer a functional and user-friendly space to nearly 1000 students, the Paris-based architecture firm Equerre also worked on the design of the building.

The project is managed by Eiffage Immobilier Grand Ouest. The construction is carried out by Eiffage Construction Atlantique Vendée.

Construction will start in autumn, with delivery scheduled for the beginning of the school year 2017.

* Compétences et Développement is a private network of institutions of higher education, with five schools in Nantes providing training in management, digital tech and communications.

Technical information

Type : Mixed use - status : Completed