« The inhabitants of Nantes’ attachment to the maritime past of their city, the setting up of Les Machines de l’île in the former shipyards in Nantes, at the downstream end of the Île de Nantes have imposed the sea theme as soon as the project started in 2001.

The vibrant imagination related to the sea is limitless and shared by everyone. The fishing world or the one of long-distance journeys have put men at the heart of all maritime adventures. Great navigators or pirates, Captain Achab or Némo haunt our imagination. A sunset on the ocean, the beauty of the silent world collide with the fear of the deep sea and of abysmal monsters…

The idea to use the same structure as that of the banks to bear the Marine Worlds was the starting point of the invention of the Carrousel. As a way out of the island basement, it found a place at the bottom of the yellow crane, opposite Jules Verne’s house.

The other powerful idea that led to its conception is based on the overlapping of 3 merry-go-rounds; it tied up with our will to conceive incredible machinery that rekindles fairground arts.

From 2007 to 2011, the 35 elements of the Marine Worlds populated the Galerie des Machines.

Nantes inhabitants could see them as they were being built before their eyes in the workshop then in action in the Galerie des Machinesand today they embark in the Carrousel. »

François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice


Nicole Concordet and Christophe Theilmann are the architects of the first series of the Machines de l’île inaugurated in July 2007. Nantes Métropole and the authors decided to entrust the project management of the Marine Worlds and of the Déferlante. From the invention of the Marine Worlds concept by the authors, of François Delarozière’s initial drawing and from the execution plans of La Machine, they conducted this building site and notably created La Déferlante. This area fits in line with the slope of block 3, which is now revegetated. It hosts the technical rooms, the staff quarters, a 120 m2 room for special events and a small bar.

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