Discover Le Lieu Unique à Nantes France

Since January 1st, 2000, the LU, as in 'Lefeuvre Utile', has turned into LU, as in 'Lieu Unique' (unique spot). On the banks of the Saint-Felix canal, the old factory of the famous manufacturer of Petit Beurre biscuits was transformed into a place that plays an essential role in the cultural life of Nantes. A space for artistic exploration, it is the site of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts and holds an auditorium where shows, exhibits and performances are held. However, for locals and visitors alike, the LU has become much more than this. Entirely post-modern, with its architecture of an abandoned factory, people of all ages cross paths at its bar and famous terrace of loungers, its restaurant, its Turkish bath, its nursery, its bookshop, etc. The Lieu Unique is a 'Lieu de Vie' (Place of Life).

Inaugurated at the end of 1885, the factory was in operation for a century before definitively closing its doors in 1989. In 1998, one of the two 38m towers which marked the entrance to the LU factory (the other was destroyed during the bombings) was entirely renovated and boasts its original shapes and bright colours. Since then, it has also been possible to get a view of Nantes from the top of the tower. The beginning of a transformation. In 1999, the operation 'Attic of the Century' was launched. During a period of 3 months, the inhabitants of Nantes contributed more than 12,000 objects which they considered representative of the 20th century. On 1st January, 2000, during a ceremony which marked the opening of the site, the double wall of the Lieu Unique façade was sealed. This 'attic' is to be reopened on 1st January, 2100 at exactly 5:00pm!

  • Le Lieu Unique à Nantes , The Lieu Unique (unique place) in Nantes , France
    The Lieu Unique (unique place) in Nantes

    It is a matter of initials What was left of the former LU factory, as in Lefeuvre-Utile, became the LU cultural site, and thus Lieu Unique

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  • Le Lieu Unique à Nantes , Visiting Lieu Unique , France
    Visiting Lieu Unique

    Renovated in 1998, the surviving tower (originally there were two) at the entrance to the LU factory has become the symbol of Lieu Unique.

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  • Le Lieu Unique à Nantes , Petit LU or petit-beurre biscuits from Nantes , France
    Petit LU or petit-beurre biscuits from Nantes

    A symbol of Nantes' agribusiness heritage, it was in the LU factory that the famous petit-beurre biscuit was made for over a century (1886-1989).

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  • Le Lieu Unique à Nantes , The Lieu Unique bar , France
    The Lieu Unique bar

    With its auditorium, exhibition room, library, bar... The Lieu Unique has become a preferred place of culture and fun in Nantes.

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  • Le Lieu Unique à Nantes , The LU Tower , France
    The LU Tower

    Rebuilt with resin while respecting the original sparkling colours, the tower welcomes visitors for an unobstructed view of the Château des Ducs (for a charge).

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  • Le Lieu Unique à Nantes , An alternative cultural site , France
    An alternative cultural site

    At Lieu Unique, even the toilets are visited! They give more than a telltale sign of the underground touch the site is looking for!

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