We pass across the basin of Jacques-Coeur.
A strange building, which changes colour and dominates the area is just a few yards from the water that mirrors it, the ‘Nuage’ (cloud).
Designed by the French artist Philippe Starck, the building houses a restaurant and fitness centre.
This was one of the first inflatable constructions in Europe: around the concrete structure, a bubble-shaped membrane is inflated under 700 millibars of pressure.
“A polyethylene sheet one tenth of a millimeter thick, held in tension by what is creating the very breath of life, the wind and the air”, says Philippe Starck.
The Nuage must be one of the pioneering structures in this field and was extraordinarily difficult to put in place because of the advanced techniques involved.
The building, seemingly halfway between being completely transparent and translucent, stimulates some motorists passing on the main road to speak of “seeing people moving and colours stirring...”