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Perforated and embossed stainless steel
Covering an area of 18,000m2, the Ruban Bleu commercial and retail centre is a key part of St. Nazaire's ongoing regeneration and development programme and acts as the main thoroughfare, linking the city centre to the beach and harbour, encouraging residents to re-discover the historic port area. Architects Reichen & Robert Associates originally approached RMIG in late 2006 as they sought a manufacturer capable of producing their designs and to work alongside them in developing and finalising the original concepts into a striking exterior finish, incorporating almost 1,400 individual cladding and ceiling panels.
Perforated and embossed stainless steel panels have been used on the facade and ceiling of the Ruban Bleu shopping centre to create a marine map and to simulate the reflection and spray of the sea. A genuine connection between the harbour, shipyard area and city centre is born.
All Pictures: Le Ruban Bleu Commercial Centre, St. Nazaire, France
Architect: Reichen & Robert Associates
Design year: 2006