Centre Commercial St Herblain

Centre Commercial St Herblain

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 sq m, St. Herblain is a modest masterpiece, clear and logical, achieved at low cost.

Awards
Concours des Plus Beaux Ouvrages de Construction Metallique 1988
   
Location Nantes, France
Type Retail
Dates 1986 - 1987
   
Client Groupement Rhodanien de Construction, Lyon Commercial Centre
   
The Architect Richard Rogers Partnership
   
Team  
Kieran Breen, Philippa Browning, Mike Davies, Pierre Ebbo, Florian Fischotter, Marco Goldschmied, Lennart Grut, Werner Lang, Stig Larsen, Richard Rogers, Stephen Spence, John Young
   
Co-Architect Atelier Claude Bucher
Interior Designer B & FL, Paris
Landscape Architect David Jarvis Associates / Dan Kiley
Lighting Consultant Lighting Design Partnership
Quantity Surveyor Thorne Wheatley Associates, Paris
Services Engineer Ove Arup & Partners / OtH
Structural Engineer Ove Arup & Partners / Rice Francis Ritchie, OtH Rhone-Alps