Nantes’ new central train station is perfectly in line with the city’s vast urban, social and economic transformations. Designed by Rudy Ricciotti, it breathes new life into the neighbourhood… Opening out onto the Jardin des plantes, visitors exiting via the “sortie nord” are instantly invited to discover the city.
The neighbourhood around the train station concentrates all of the city’s possibilities. Possibilities that could be cultural, with le lieu unique which was transformed from the LU biscuit factory into a bastion of artistic excellence that is accessible to everyone. Possibilities that could also be linked to its heritage sites, like with the bold yet respectful transformation of Marcel-Saupin Stadium, Nantes’ long-time impenetrable (or, nearly) fortress and home to FC Nantes. Possibilities that could be green, with the marshland “La Petite Amazonie”. Or, perhaps they could drift to the rhythm of the water flowing along the canal Saint-Félix, linking the Erdre to the Loire, and inviting you to stroll along the banks and experience the city in a new light. Exploring this urban puzzle would not be complete without making a detour through “Les Olivettes”: a former working-class neighbourhood that’s now home to the many creative artists and artisans you’ll find on every street corner. And, as always, and in all weathers, the LU tower, celebrating the LU brand that watches over the district… and the entire city