The ARTEM University Hub is designed to fit with the history and scope of Nancy’s historic public spaces, such as the Place Stanislas, Place Carrière and Cours Léopold, vestiges of its rich 18th Century urban planning and architecture. At the centre of the projects is a 700-meter-long urban promenade that forges a strong link between the thermal baths and the Sainte-Marie park in the north and the tram station and Place Padoue in the south. This sheltered gallery-street puts forward a new type of public space.
In order to place the different schools—engineering school (ENSMN), art school (ENSAN), ICN business schools, IAE administration school—and the Institut Jean Lamour into its urban context instead of an introverted campus, the area was divided into blocks on the scale three small neighbourhoods. Each school occupies one of these blocks and is directly connected to the gallery, where it has its own address.
ARTEM is a teaching and research project based on interdisciplinarity: Art, Technology and Management are brought together under one roof to create a synergy in the spirit of the renowned École de Nantes. The manner in which the buildings are organised in the urban project reflects this idea. Each school is present within the new gallery thanks to an entrance building containing the entrance hall, the reception and the administrative and technical areas and which leads into the new school buildings. While the scale of the houses recalls the urban typology of Nantes’ buildings, a contemporary character is deliberately stated through the prismatic volumes and materials and technologies that have been used.
The schools’ shared premises meld with shops and activities that are open to the public. The gallery is therefore a highly active site that we have treated with coloured glass and which gives off a dynamic and multifarious atmosphere.
Each element of the urban composition proposed for ARTEM is designed to save energy, with implementation of an underground heat exchanger, photovoltaic captors, rainwater collection, natural ventilation… The planted avenues reflect the gardens at the heart of neighbouring blocks, encouraging the development of an urban, green and integrated campus quarter.