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A cathedral of glass and steel

Overlooking the right bank and the arsenal, 25 metres above the quays, the Plateau des Capucins where the shipyard workers laboured surrounded by constant noise is the location of Brest’s new cultural and recreational centre, a true reflection of the town’s urban dynamic. 

The immense industrial buildings, the former mechanical workshops of the Arsenal, have been transformed, becoming the biggest covered public space in Europe.

A cultural centre
accessible via cable car

The Ateliers des Capucins opened in January 2017 in the historic Recouvrance quarter and now house a multi-media library and a digital innovation hub, which has received the Capitale French Tech label. Shops and recreational areas are gradually opening and soon a maritime excellence hub will be created, showcasing research and technical and technological innovations related to the sea in a fun way. A cinema will also open on the site, as well as the national centre for street art, Le Fourneau.

This modern neighbourhood can be access via the Brest cable car joining the two banks of the Penfeld River. It is the first urban cable car in France to be built for everyday journeys!

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