Onyx Cultural Center – Saint Herblain

22-03-10

Onyx Cultural Center - Saint Herblain

When we first saw pictures of the Onyx center in architectural magazines in the late 80s, the building looked so weird as it stood amidst what seemed a huge, empty parking lot outside the city.

Onyx Cultural Center - Saint Herblain

Nowadays the area is smothered by shopping malls, fast food restaurants and hundreds of parked cars, and the cultural center–whose scale is quite small–is not so easy to find.

Onyx Cultural Center - Saint Herblain

Onyx Cultural Center - Saint Herblain

Onyx Cultural Center - Saint Herblain

Onyx Cultural Center - Saint Herblain

Onyx Cultural Center - Saint Herblain

And yet, once the black box is detected, it is really immediate to divert it from the context and realize how its weirdness is indeed pure architectural quality.

Designed by: Myrto Vitart for Jean Nouvel
Year: 1988
External Graphics by: agng
Year: 2009
Visited: August 2009
Google Maps: Onyx Cultural Center


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