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Le Lieu unique
Le lieu unique faç
Facade of Le Lieu unique
Coordinates Coordinates: 47°12′55″N 1°32′45″W / 47.215276°N 1.545749°W / 47.215276; -1.545749
Former names quai Baco
Type Factory
Architectural style Art Nouveau
Location Nantes, France
Client Lefèvre-Utile
Owner City of Nantes
Current tenants Cultural Centre
Architect Augustus Bluysen
Patrick Bouchain

Le Lieu unique is the redevelopment of the former biscuit factory of Lefèvre-Utile, located in Nantes, France.

Originally known as quai Baco, due to the importance of its architecture by Auguste Bluysen, the building was preserved as redesigned by architect Patrick Bouchain into a cultural center, which includes a cafe, restaurant, exhibition and entertainment space, a bookstore, a shop and a steam room.


Store of the century

During reconstruction in 2000, a time capsule was created, under the title "Store of the Century" (French: Grenier du siècle). From October 1 to December 31 1999, anyone could file a personal object representative of their existence. Each of the final 16,000 objects left has been classified, packaged in a tin and sent to a place created for this purpose, which was sealed in the translucent double wall designed by artist Patrick Raynaud in a wall of the attic Plant LU. This testimony to future generations will be revealed on 1 January 2100 (100 years after the end of the collection operation), at precisely 17:00 hours.

Tower LU

The 38 metres (125 ft) Tower LU is a replica of one of the two towers originally created by Bluysen in the original design, demolished in 1970. A faithful recreation from archive papers of the family Lefevre-Utile, the towers were built in a style close to Art Nouveau. The towers were built at the time to assert the power of the company, by creating a perspective in the wake of current St. Peter and St. Andrew, responding to the towers of the Château des ducs de Bretagne (English: castle of the Dukes of Brittany), and "To encourage gluttony, nothing like that seduce the eye" commented Louis Lefevre-Utile. At the top, a lantern identical to that presented by the LU flag at the Paris Exhibition of 1900, is capped with a metal arrow. The body is decorated with Fame, an angel holding a trumpet and surrounded by six signs of the zodiac. The tour of the tower will offer a beautiful view over the city by a "Gyrorama" platform, which is operated by visitors.



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