published Monday, February 14, 2011
The "Cube Orange" agency Jakob + Macfarlane Architects stands in the Docklands area of Lyon, on the banks of the Saône. Housing the headquarters Cardinal Group real estate developer and a showroom of contemporary design to RBC, the hollow cube is coated with a
second perforated aluminum skin.
On this project, Jakob + Macfarlane Architects specify:
"The ambition of the development of the docks of Lyon Saône side project, developed by VNF (Waterways of France) in partnership with Caisse des Dépôts and SEM Lyon Confluence under Lyon Confluence, is to reinvest this area industrial heritage, integrating architecture and a cultural and commercial programming.
These docks initially composed of former warehouses (the Sugar, Customs, Salins, the Master), cranes, functional elements bound to the river and flow, mutate into a territory of experimentation in order to create a new articulated landscape towards the river and the hills to which they turn.
The Orange Cube project is designed as a "cube" orthogonal, in which architects have cut a large vacuum that meets the needs of light, air movement and views. This void pierces the building horizontally from the banks of the Saône up to the roof terrace.
Slightly offset from the existing hall (the Salins, consisting of three arches), the cube is backed but stresses its autonomy. On a grip 29 x 33 m, it is designed on a regular grid of concrete columns over 5 floors. A slight elevation with a composition apparently random openings is completed by a perforated-aluminum facade on with pixilated patterns that accompany the flow of the Saône. The orange color refers to the minium, recurring industrial color on port sites.
Jakob + MacFarlane subjected to the cube, to create this gap, a series of disturbances related to volumetric subtracting three conical volumes disposed at an angle of elevation, and the roof at the entrance. These disturbances generate places and relations between the building users, the site and the light flows in a regular program offices.
A first course fits in direct visual relationship with the arched structure of the hall Salins, its proximity and shape braced. It connects the two elements architecturally and free space on a double height, protected inside the building.
A second elliptical course, monumental, breaks the structural beam-column building on four levels at the angle of the facade facing the river regularity. This perforation, born of the encounter of two curves, establishes a diagonal relation to the angle. It generates deep in the volume a huge atrium around which have a series of balconies attached to the office floors. The façade plane is shifted inward thereby. She built a new report in the light and view, both from the inside as from the outside. This gutting generates an extremely dynamic relation to building, depending on the position of the beholder, never has the same geometry.
The tertiary platforms benefit from light and views at different floors with balconies accessible on each level. Each tray takes advantage of its access to balconies and its views of a new type of usability, meeting place and informal exchanges.
The search for greater transparency and light transmission on the plates brings elegance and lightness workspaces.
The top floor is treated with a large back deck where you can enjoy the whole panorama of Lyon, the Fourvière and Lyon-Confluence.
The project is part of the global sustainable development initiated by the SEM Confluence and tribe and as such complies with the Environmental Specifications defined in the context of the development of this area including:
Optimizing the design of facades to reconcile thermal performance and visual comfort with Ubat <0.7 W / m2 K and a daylight factor (DF) of 2% on almost all offices, a production thermofrigorifique heat pump ground water and air renewal with new hygienic heat recovery high efficiency extracted air.
The building is linked to future large floating terraces connected to the docks. "
Photographies: Nicolas Borel
To learn more, visit Jakob + Macfarlane Architects.
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