Franklin Azzi converts Nantes warehouses into light-filled art school

A pair of former warehouses topped with saw-toothed roofs have been transformed into a school for fine arts by Franklin Azzi Architecture, in the French city of Nantes.

The Nantes Saint-Nazaire Higher School of Fine Arts, which is shortlisted in the Civic and Cultural Building category of the 2018 Dezeen Awards, provides facilities for 500 students within the two converted warehouses.

Franklin Azzi Architecture transformed of the site to suit its new purpose, as well as designing the surrounding public realm to create new pedestrian streets, passageways and an arts esplanade.

The project is part of a larger masterplan for the rejuvenation of a former industrial site in the city’s Île de Nantes district, which the architect is overseeing.

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