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From textile factory to studio: the story of our premises

There's a rich history behind Ankama's Roubaix-based offices...

The buildings in the town of Roubaix are well-known for their importance within the textile industry, and our studios are no exception! They were created on the former premises of "Maison F. Vanoutryve & Co.”, an old factory that dealt in fabrics, velvet and printing for soft furnishings.Today, we occupy the area once known as the "Grands Magasins" – the town's biggest shopping district.

Created in 1860, Maison Vanoutryve was at the cutting edge of technology and even introduced an innovative, state-of-the-art fabric manufacturing process. The factory's buildings covered 50,000 m² altogether and housed around 1,400 mechanical looms.

At the end of World War One, it was considered to be the world's largest and most productive factory within the domain of soft furnishings. Business continued to boom right up until the beginning of the 1980s, but the onset of the industrial crisis eventually forced the company to make some strategic decisions...

That's why, in 2001, the entire company was transferred to the factory in Mouscron, Belgium, and 75 Boulevard d'Armentières became an industrial wasteland, much like various other buildings in the vicinity.

That same year, Ankama was born in a small office in Roubaix, and later joined a business incubator in Tourcoing. The company grew quickly and, soon enough, it became clear that more suitable premises would be required...

For Anthony, Camille and Manu, it was love at first sight with the old Maison Vanoutryve just a few streets away, but it was going to take a whole load of renovation work to get the place up and running!

In January of 2007, the deal was done and Ankama moved into 75 Boulevard d'Armentières in Roubaix. Nowadays, the company's studios and 450 employees take up 10,000 m² of the old "Grands Magasins”, and the 1,400 looms have been replaced by computers, screens and drawing boards... .