Regional power is growing stronger, and thus needs to assert its presence, to be symbolized in the urban space. Immediately the building shows its interior composed of debate and meeting areas.
The luminous web of the various rooms is defined by the office buildings, which are coiling around and over it, thus diffusing the natural light and multiplying the sights.
This new kind of open block unveils a whole inner scenery to the court and the street to embrace the city. The interpenetration of inhabited solids and voids sets a visible forum, a political square.
Location: Cour Charlemagne, Lyon, France
Architect: Atelier Christian de Portzamparc
Project Team: Bertrand Beau, Marie-Elisabeth Nicoleau, Burkhardt Schiller, Jean-Charles Chaulet, Léa Xu, Bettina Reali, Fatima Turu, Esther de Moares, Hyun-Jung Song, Nicolas Gicquel, Isabelle Ragot, Mathieu Faliu, Magali Chetail-Baillon, Jean-Louis Beltran, Magda Zareba, Delphine Vidon , Alexandra Jovovic, Julien Fumat, Franck Anderle,Jean Daniel Binet, Max,Tania Da Rocha Pitta,Chantal Crouan, Guillaume Letcher, Jeanne Ravet, frédéric Lagardère, Nicolas Gicquel
Structure: Structure Ile de France
MEP: SETEC Bâtiment
Scenography: Duck Sceno
Quantity surveyor and ESD: BETREC
Client: Conseil de la Région Rhône Alpes
Program: Administrative and public building dedicated to the Rhône Alpes County and accommodating offices (1454 employees), a debate room (500 seats), a boardroom, reception halls, a staff restaurant and a car park (435 spaces)
Surface Area: 47,500 sqm
Competition Year: 2006, 1st Prize
Completion Year: 2011 (estimated)
Images: courtesy of Atelier Christian de Portzamparc