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Centre Commercial St Herblain

Project Partner
Richard Rogers

Project Partner
Richard Rogers

Job Sheets
English
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Job Sheets
English
Français

Date
1986-1987

Client
Groupe Rhodanien de Construction

Location
Nantes, France

Cost
£6.3 million

Overview

The shopping centre at St. Herblain, near Nantes, was built to a very strict brief. The client wanted a low-cost building in record time - one which projected the dynamic retailing operation it was to contain and could at the same time be adapted to other sites. A simple and clear architectural statement was required.

The client was familiar with the Fleetguard factory and the suspended structure of Fleetguard re-emerged at St. Herblain, with a forest of slender masts giving what could have been a basic shed a genuine architectural grace. Inside, the plan is remarkably clear and well organized.

The Centre is entered, as at Fleetguard, by way of a steel bridge, leading into a double-height reception area. A strong use of colour adds to the appeal of the building, while exposed servicing provides visual interest inside. The lightness of the construction and the provision of generous quantities of daylight make the Centre a clear counterpoint to the typical cluttered, claustrophobic out-of-town shopping centre.

At only 21,000 m², St. Herblain is a modest masterpiece, clear and logical, achieved at low cost.

Data

Team
Kieran Breen, Philippa Browning, Mike Davies, Pierre Ebbo, Florian Fischotter, Marco Goldschmeid, Lennart Grut, Werner Lang, Stig Larson, Richard Rogers, Stephen Spence, John Young

Project Partner
Richard Rogers

 

Job Sheets
English

Project Partner
Richard Rogers

 

Job Sheets
English

Date
1986-1987

Location
Nantes, France

Area
21,000 m²
Floor to floor height
6.5m

Co-Architect Atelier
Claude Bucher

Structural Engineer
Ove Arup & Partners, Rice Francis Ritchie, OTH Rhone-Alpes

Services Engineer
Ove Arup & Partners/OtH

Quantity Surveyor
Thorne Wheatley Associates, Paris

Lighting Consultant
Lighting Design Partnership

Landscape Architect
David Jarvis Associates/Dan Kiley

Interior Designer
B & FL, Paris

Data

Team
Kieran Breen, Philippa Browning, Mike Davies, Pierre Ebbo, Florian Fischotter, Marco Goldschmeid, Lennart Grut, Werner Lang, Stig Larson, Richard Rogers, Stephen Spence, John Young

Date
1986-1987

Location
Nantes, France

Area
21,000 m²
Floor to floor height
6.5m

Co-Architect Atelier
Claude Bucher

Structural Engineer
Ove Arup & Partners, Rice Francis Ritchie, OTH Rhone-Alpes

Services Engineer
Ove Arup & Partners/OtH

Quantity Surveyor
Thorne Wheatley Associates, Paris

Lighting Consultant
Lighting Design Partnership

Landscape Architect
David Jarvis Associates/Dan Kiley

Interior Designer
B & FL, Paris

Project Partner
Richard Rogers

 

Job Sheets
English

Project Partner
Richard Rogers

 

Job Sheets
English

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