Île de Nantes

The island is the heart of the city. It’s just a few steps from the historic centre, it offers the opportunity to build a metropolitan centre which meets the needs students and local residents, which creates a cultural hub for those who live in the area.

It was planned out over 20 years ago, the urban project which is based on a strong political determination to restructure the city while fostering an economic and social environment that meets today’s needs. With the diverse, widely available spaces featuring exceptional landscapes, it offers a unique opportunity to control urban sprawl and build the city. It aims to accommodate all uses, from housing, universities, business, cultural venues, recreational spaces and major infrastructure, with the focus on innovation and sustainable development.


The line of bridges and the suburbs

Located at the centre of the island, a line of bridges linking the North and south shores of the Loire. An initial population movement began, taking advantage of the river to develop small cottage industries and then larger scale industrial activities.

Industrialisation in the West

The industry took over to enlarge the harbour and provide space for shipbuilding. The industrial activities developed, bringing with them a new working class residential area, new roads, the State Railway Station and new railway lines.

Urbanisation in the East

The wet meadows of Ile Beaulieu were regained to create a neighbourhood with urban development. The Boulevard du General de Gaulle set up a second line of bridges.

École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes (ENSAN)
École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes (ENSAN)
École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes (ENSAN) L’Absence Nantes (Bar)

École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes (ENSAN) has a prime location on the Île de Nantes. The school only opened in 2009 and brings roughly 800 students to the island, they aim to improve teaching methods by using new technologies. There is easy access to the public, as well as the large rooftop terrace overlooking the city, people are encouraged to come enjoy the facilities and look at the exhibition.

There are a lot of interesting projects located just a couple of minutes from the school. Below are just a few of my favourites.

Le Grand Éléphant – Les Machines de l’Île
Arbre aux Hérons – Les Machines de l’Île
Arbre Basket
Quai des Antilles
Bâtiment B
La Fabrique
Stereolux – La Fabrique

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Trentemoult is only a 20 minute walk from Ile de Nantes and is part of Rezé, which stretches along the south of Nantes. It was once a fishing and Cape Horner village. Its traditional three-storey houses were built with the Loire’s rise in water level in mind, the ground floor, liable to flooding, contained the cellar, and above it was the reception room. The top level was an attic, which often linked to neighbouring attics, allowing villagers to meet without having to use boats. The staircases were mainly outside, giving access to the upstairs rooms during times of flooding. M13_8374 M13_8367 M13_8363 M13_8358 M13_8357 M13_8356 M13_8350 M13_8355