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21 July 2023

Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Rennes

Creation of a canopy at the Beaux-Arts in Rennes

The École régionale des beaux-arts de Rennes is an institution of higher artistic education located in Rennes, France. It is also known as “Les Beaux-Arts de Rennes” or “EESAB”.

Founded in 1795, the drawing school was housed in a barracks near the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes. It became the Rennes Regional School of Fine Arts in 1881. The school was housed in the halle aux toiles and moved to the west wing of the Hôtel des Postes, before taking up residence in 1911 in the former convent of the Sisters of the Visitation of Sainte-Marie de Rennes. In 1928, the school moved to new premises, built in the fruit garden behind the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes. On June 20, 1940, the Germans occupied Rennes during the Second World War. The school moved to the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, then back to rue Hoche at the end of 1944.

On December 27, 2010, the École Supérieure des Arts de Bretagne brought together the region’s four art schools in Brest, Lorient, Quimper and Rennes into a single public establishment for cultural cooperation. It is part of the network of French art schools. It offers training in the plastic, visual and applied arts. The school’s main objective is to train artists and professionals in the field of contemporary art.

Crézé’s mission: to protect the outside staircase at the entrance porch with a glazed awning.

Designed to protect the external staircase of the École des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, it also protects the elevator for people with reduced mobility located behind the staircase. It was created in our Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande workshop.
The canopy is made of steel and attached to the building with threaded rods. The canopy is created by our craftsmen using angle iron and steel T-iron profiles. The hip is made of angle iron (folded sheet metal).
Two round-tube aluminum posts support the steel canopy. They are clad with a royal-style base at the bottom and an Opera-style capital at the top. The canopy is sealed to the building by a lead strip.
At the Beaux-Arts in Rennes, Crézé craftsmen also created the steel staircase banister.

Yet another application of our expertise in buildings steeped in history.