Nantes-based practice Tétrarc Architectes has recently completed ‘La Fabrique’, a performing arts complex transformed from an underutilized industrial and shipyard area in Nantes, France. Dedicated to contemporary and emerging music, the rehabilitated warehouses contain spaces to support musicians and artists in their methods of creation and discovery. The compound contains two auditoriums, 16 training and recording studios, offices, areas for digital experimentation and public gathering spaces. The program is divided amongst three separate entities which are interwoven with plazas for outdoor events and concerts.
An auditorium which seats 400 individuals has been placed within the minimal concrete cube which once served as an air-raid shelter. Above the solid base, a faceted tower hosts the recording studios. The metallic volume is lifted on inclined columns generating a void which separates the two distinct building elements, doubling as an open-air terrace with views to the activity below.