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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Le Monolithe in Lyon, France by MVRDV

 
November 23rd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: MVRDV

This project concerns the construction of a 30,000 m2 block in the Confluence redevelopment area – in the south of Lyons, where its two rivers meet – to group housing, offices and shops. Both the developer and the municipality wanted a blend of architectural designs and programmes, composed by five different architects, each team handling one part of the whole. Given the desired high density, the first objective was to imagine a site plan that would federate the urban and architectural issues in a coherent set endowed with strong visual identity.

Le Monolithe

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: Le Monolithe
  • Location: “Le monolythe”, Lyon Confluence district in Lyon – France
  • Client : ING Real Estate and Atemi
  • Associated architecte: MVRDV, Combarrel-Marrec, Pierre Gautier, EEA
  • Dates : competition: 2004, completion : 2011
  • Area : 26.000 m²
  • Construction Cost : 30 M€
  • Consultants: Khephren Ingenierie, Van Santen, Alto Ingenierie, Casso, Peutz, LTA
  • Project Manager: Thomas Daragon
  • Software used: Number of architectural and graphic design software programs, but for the most part worked with AutoCad to design the project.

 

Le Monolithe

Once this overall volume was defined, each architect would be free to exercise his or her personal creativity on one of its ‘slices’. Our particular ‘slice’ – the centrepiece – contains offices in a hollowed-out volume designed as a huge cantilever over an interior street. The opening faces a large park central to the site, as if to breathe it in. All the elevations and even the underside  are clad in sheets of shiny steel, the uppermost shaped in scrolls that call to mind flowers, a reminder of the park to which they open. The mirror surfaces reflect the surroundings and animate them, conferring a weightless feel on the overhang, which vanishes amidst reflexions and kaleidoscopic patterns, and adding a touch of fantasy to a rigorous architectural set.

Le Monolithe

Le Monolithe

Le Monolithe

Le Monolithe

Le Monolithe

Le Monolithe

Le Monolithe

Le Monolithe

Le Monolithe

Le Monolithe

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