In January 2015, I-WAY, unique venue dedicated to high-end car simulation and located in lyon, France, presents its biggest innovation since the opening in 2008: F18 – Super Hornet plane simulators.
After the US Army, they are the most advanced plane simulators in the world, and now available to the public. French designer Cyrille Druart, architect of the original building, redesigned a large space, plunging the three jewels in the dark.
“The way the building is designed allowed us to have direct view from the upper level over the new simulators. A concrete wall was opened and a six meter long glazed surface installed”. The advantage is twofold. On one hand the direct vision informs visitors of novelty, and it also creates a new dimension, the seven meter wall being previously windowless. The interior is made of a concrete wall in front of which are aligned the new simulators. LED lines echoe the wall, indicating directions, and spotlights enhance the space.
“The original idea is from Pierre Nicolas, the company’s CEO. He wanted to create the same excitement we did six years ago. We have integrated the F18 simulators in the most discrete and uniform possible way, as if they had always been there. Yet they probably symbolize the greatest impetus of the I-WAY since its opening”, Cyrille Druart, 2015.
Cyrille Druart, french designer born in 1980. “I was lucky enough to design my first building at the age of 24. Such an amazing oportunity is rare, if not unique. I-WAY changed my life and gave me the experience and credibility it would have taken 20 years to obtain otherwise.”
Since then, his studio has been working on concept stores for a french tv channel, luxury branding and packaging, restaurants, bars, private apartments and product design. Each new project is a chance to create unique and unconventional spaces, and avoid existing references in order to propose striking visions.
Also passionate about Photography, he is in charge of his own projects photo shoots, and creates I-WAY’s advertising campaigns. He was a permanent teacher at ESAG-Penninghen (Graphic Arts and Interior Design College) in Paris, between 2009 and 2011.Designer: Cyrille Druart