Did you know that Aluzinc® Florelis is giving Saint-Nazaire a landmark?
Saint-Nazaire is one of the largest port cities on France’s Atlantic coast. Heavily reliant on industries such as fishing and shipbuilding, the city is home to around 70,000 people.
A symbolic gateway
As part of the Villes-Gare (City Station) project to regenerate the area around the city’s main railway station, two new towers have been constructed. Known as the Météor building, the towers form a symbolic gateway to the 100,000 m2 Villes-Gare site.
At almost 28 metres in height and clad in ArcelorMittal’s Aluzinc® Florelis, the Météor towers have created a landmark for the regeneration of Saint-Nazaire. Each building comprises seven levels of office space which is occupied by local and regional government departments. With a total of 1,500 m2 of floor space, the towers can accommodate more than 400 people.
Playing with light…
The use of Aluzinc® Florelis for the cladding was specified by the project’s architects, Blanchard Marsault Pondevie. “We chose Aluzinc® because it is a material that plays subtly with the light as it constantly changes throughout the day, and the seasons,” explains architect Jean-Claude Pondevie. “It has helped to create a building which is unique, unpretentious and very refined.” Around 3,000 m2 of Aluzinc® Florelis was required to clad the two Météor towers, making them visible from a considerable distance.
Making the difference
Part of ArcelorMittal’s aesthetic range of flat carbon steels, Aluzinc® Florelis offers a one-of-a-kind finish which is specifically tailored for modern and contemporary facades. With between 1,000 and 1,800 spangles per square decimetre (dm2), Aluzinc® Florelis makes the difference between a unique and a remarkable building.
A remarkably long-lasting coating
The spangly look of Aluzinc® Florelis comes from its alloy coating which comprises 55% aluminium, 43.4% zinc and 1.6% silicon. This alloy combination ensures the sparkle will persist for many decades. The steel also has outstanding resistance to corrosion, even in the highly corrosive maritime environment found in Saint-Nazaire.
ArcelorMittal is so confident in Aluzinc® Florelis' ability to withstand corrosion that for applications in the construction sector we back the AZ185 coating with a 25-year guarantee!
With the landmark Météor towers in place, attention has turned to the further development of the 30 hectare Villes-Gare site. Between now and 2020, the plan calls for the addition of housing and offices within a 400 metre radius of the railway station. All new buildings on the site will comply with the BBC (low-energy building) standard, which is now the standard in France.