ALÈS The School of Mines inaugurates its creativity center

The entrance hall of the building is occupied by an auditorium which also serves as a staircase (photo François Desmeures / Objectif Gard)

Conceived following the withdrawal of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry from the Nîmes branch of IMT Mines Alès (Mines Telecom Institute), the Creativity Hub was inaugurated on Monday. An architectural success that should allow business creators and their skills to meet.

Airy and inspiring, the very architecture of the Creativity Hub is a sort of agora that aims to facilitate dialogue. Rooms can accommodate spontaneous or more in-depth work sessions, a cafeteria remains open and more relaxed lounges allow casual discussions. All under an evolving work of Mathieu Merlet Briand, whose frames change in appearance and color depending on the movement.

Because the Creativity Hub harbors the energy and innovation of those who invest in it, starting with the incubator which accommodates the needs of tomorrow. Or thought not long ago since the building, if it was inaugurated today, has been in operation for a good year. Dreamed up by the former director of IMT Mines Alès, Bruno Goubet, helped by the Region, the State and the Agglo d’Alès (out of the €8.25 million excluding taxes that the building, its equipment and its surroundings), designed by the Emmanuel Nebout architectural studio, this “bean” (as it was initially nicknamed by some, according to Bruno Goubet) extends over 1,782 m2.

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Many funders behind the cutting tape (photo François Desmeures / Objectif Gard)

But everything seems light in this building whose passageways – which also allow you to climb the floors – recall a tower of Babel, under a delicately woven framework. IMT thus asserts itself even more as “a player recognized as supporting business development”, underlined the current director, Assia Tria. A “model campus, an environmental example”recalled the director, referring to the “silver” level achieved by the building in terms of the “Mediterranean sustainable buildings” approach.

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A “woven” frame by a company from Montélimar (photo François Desmeures / Objectif Gard)

The central auditorium thus allows, according to Assia Tria, “a permanent interaction. This totem place will make the name of Alès shine far beyond our territory ». A “world-class tool”according to the president of the Department, Françoise Laurent-Perrigot, and even “unique in Europe”, according to Assia Tria, which also serves to “building the world of tomorrow” for Christophe Rivenq, president of Alès Agglo. For example, the incubator welcomes start-ups like Zemo, a company that works on equipment for the cinema; Cryosocks, which imagines mobile cryotherapy; or Greenvision, which wants to vegetate masts and lights. And these are just a few examples of the inventiveness of students and activity creators.

Francois Desmeures

francois.desmeures@objectivegard.com

ALÈS The School of Mines inaugurates its creativity center – Objectif Gard