Nantes Saint-Nazaire school of fine art
TITAN was established in 2011 by Mathieu Barré, François Guinaudeau, and Romain Pradeau with both a commitment to simplicity and functionality and the aim of creating a poetic response to the built environment. Born through the evocation of the distinctive industrial past of the city of Nantes, the name of the firm refers to the old docks on the Loire River, with its shipyards and cranes, which are an integral part of its history. Their body of work includes residential, cultural and educational projects, as well as civic and technical buildings, alongside multidisciplinary research on construction materials with the aim of creating new possibilities.
The office won international awards such as AJAP 2018, awarded by the French Ministry of Culture, 40 under 40, organised by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum, and was selected for the Jeunes Architectes et Paysagistes Ligériens in 2011. TITAN was finalist at the AR Emerging Awards 2018 by the Architectural Review and has been nominated for the French architecture award Équerre d’argent 2019. In 2021, the office received two nominations for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award with the Welcome pavilion in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard and the National museum Clemenceau. Dedicated to the life and work of Georges Clemenceau, the National museum Clemenceau in Mouilleron-en-Pareds is recognised as ‘Maison des Illustres’ and has been shortlisted for European Museum of the Year 2020 – the most prestigious museum award in Europe.
Over the years, TITAN participated in international exhibitions such as the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris, BAU2019 in München, Virserum Konsthall in Sweden, the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies in Athens, the Anchorage Museum and the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Bretagne in Rennes. Entitled ‘Variations’, the practice presented in 2019 their first monographic exposition at the Maison régionale de l’architecture des Pays de la Loire in Nantes, France. In 2021, TITAN was invited to reimagine Nantes’ historic Place Graslin as part of the art festival Le Voyage à Nantes.