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February 5, 2011

The Crown Fountain | Krueck + Sexton Architects

The Crown Fountain / Krueck + Sexton Architects © Hedrich Blessing

The Crown Fountain in Millennium Park is a gift to the people of  by the Crown family. Located at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street, this interactive piece is a poetic meditation on the elemental and sensual qualities of water and light. The world renowned Spanish artist Jaume Plensa was commissioned to create the work.

Architects: Krueck + Sexton Architects
Location: Millennium Park 
Owner’s Representative: U.S. Equities Development
MEP Engineers: Environmental Systems Design
Structural Engineers: Halvorson + Kaye
Water Feature Consultants: Crystal Fountains
Video Art: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Photographs: Cesar RussWilliam ZbarenHedrich Blessing, Courtesy of Krueck + Sexton Architects, Courtesy of Millennium Park

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The Crown Fountain / Krueck + Sexton Architects Courtesy of Millennium Park

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The Crown Fountain / Krueck + Sexton Architects © Hedrich Blessing

The Crown Fountain / Krueck + Sexton Architects © Hedrich Blessing

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The Crown Fountain / Krueck + Sexton Architects © Cesar Russ

The Crown Fountain / Krueck + Sexton Architects © William Zbaren

The Crown Fountain / Krueck + Sexton Architects © William Zbaren

The Crown Fountain / Krueck + Sexton Architects © Cesar Russ

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The piece consists of two 50-foot high translucent towers constructed of glass brick that glow with internal light on all sides. Large LED video screens are positioned behind the opposing faces of the two towers. Water flows over the tower faces and onto a plaza in a thin film. The faces of Chicagoans of all ages and backgrounds appear on the LED screens, the goal being to create a project “inspired by and created for the people, that will open up the souls of the city’s inhabitants by serving as an archive of its people”.

Krueck + Sexton Architects was selected to undertake the overall execution of the project. This included working through the complex technical requirements that the project demanded and the careful coordination of specialty consultants assembled from across the country.

http://www.archdaily.com/109201/the-crown-fountain-krueck-sexton-architects/

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February 5, 2011

montevideo | mecanoo

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Rotterdam’s port has shifted closer to the sea, freeing up the old inner harbours for new urban developments in the city centre. As a result the warehouses on the Wilhelminapier are making way for new high-rise residential and office buildings with restaurants and cultural facilities at street level. The pier was once the gateway to the New World as ocean steamers took emigrants to America; now cruise ships moor here. The former headquarters of the Holland America Line at the head of the pier have been strikingly transformed into the Hotel New York. The northern quayside contains mainly freestanding office towers; designs by Norman Foster and Renzo Piano are already complete. In 1999, Mecanoo was commissioned to develop a masterplan for the southern quayside, which is intended for housing. The resulting plan sought to avoid a sharp contrast with the nearby office buildings – to not create housing blocks with a rigid repetition of balconies and monotonous fenestration, but instead to provide generous, neutral floor plates flexible enough for living and working, and further, to create an open and inviting base at street level. When the brief later called for a tall residential tower, it was possible to develop these principles and the ‘Holland-America feeling’ even further.

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The building is a composition of intersecting volumes, one of which is suspended above the quayside. The base, with its restaurants and offices, contributes to a sense of urban animation. The tower refers to the idea of a vertical city and in particular to New York’s pre-war skyscrapers. The construction is a hybrid: the two lower levels are steel (America), followed by concrete (Holland) to a height of 90 metres and then steel again, which delivers highly flexible floor plates. The construction offers room for variation, different storey heights and more than fifty different floor plates. The windows, balconies and loggias form a rhythmic pattern. In section the building is reminiscent of an ocean steamer or cruise ship: different ‘classes’ have different floor plans and storey heights, and alongside apartments (cabins) there are restaurants, offices, guest suites, a swimming pool, gym and sauna. The porthole windows continue the maritime analogy.

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The ‘M’ surmounting the building, an 8-metre high weather vane, stands for Montevideo, but also for the river Maas, Rotterdam’s maritime tradition and much more besides. Historically the Wilhelminapier was full of warehouses bearing the then still exotic names of faraway ports such as New Orleans, Santos, Baltimore and Havana. The name of the Netherlands’ tallest residential building on the Wilhelminapier fits within this tradition but also has an orientation on the wider world.

programme
Tower of 152,317 m with total floor area of 57,530 m² of which 36,867 m² apartments, 905 m² pool, fitness and service space, 6,129 m² offices, 1,608 m² retail and a parking garage of 8,413 m²

client
ING Real Estate, Den Haag
project address
Otto Reuchlinweg, Wilhelminapier, Rotterdam, Netherlands
design
1999 -2002
realization
2003 -2005
awards

2006, Nomination  National Steel Award

National Steel Institute

2006,   Building Quality Prize

City of Rotterdam

2006, Honourable Mention  International Highrise Award

2005,   Dedalo Minosse

Dedalo Minosse

2005,   Golden Boulder

Real Estate Society of Nieuwe Maas, Rotterdam

http://www.mecanoo.nl/Default.aspx?tabid=116&DetailId=351&pcode=A233

February 5, 2011

City University of Hong Kong Admin Bldg | Ronald Lu & Partners

Academic and Administration Building, The City University of Hong Kong

A new 20-storey landmark building in the centre of the Kowloon Tong campus to provide additional classrooms and university offices to meet the spatial demand due to the “3+3+4 Education Reform”.

http://www.rlphk.com/projects/page.cfm?projectID=100147

 

February 5, 2011

create ‘comfortable urban micro-climates’ by SOM

SOM designs sustainable district in Vietnam
Hanoi is to receive a highly sustainable urban district courtesy of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) following an international competition for the Green Tech City project, instigated by Blenheim Properties. The masterplan drawn up by SOM intertwines elements of local culture and urban heritage with state of the art design methods which aim to reduce the demand for non-renewable resources.

Combining two existing villages, the design covers an area of 145 hectares with the capacity to serve an urban population of more than 20,000. A Cultural Forum complex forms a social anchor for the low-rise, pedestrian friendly residential development, acting as a central meeting space in addition to the extensive network of schools, healthcare clinics, and sports and leisure facilities. The Cultural Forum will house an auditorium, TV studio, art gallery, mediateque and various dining amenities.

An existing system of agricultural water channels are to be reorganised into an interconnected network of landscaped waterways. This in turn will aid the production of green public spaces whilst managing flood control, preventing rainwater runoff, filtering and cleansing greywater and providing a source for irrigating new viticulture activities.

Throughout the entire district, the latest technology in carbon emissions reduction, energy needs reduction and smart infrastructure will be employed in an active effort to produce a highly sustainable and eco-friendly urban borough. During the design process, SOM conducted extensive wind and solar analyses to determine the optimal orientation of streets and buildings in order to create ‘comfortable urban micro-climates’. Elements of canal water cooling, tri-generation plants, waste recycling and rainwater harvesting have also been incorporated into the design.

http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=15750

February 5, 2011

Shrink-wrapping the skyline: Chicago architects unveil design for energy-saving ‘double wall’ at Cleveland federal building

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With help from Chicago architects, federal officials on Thursday unveiled an innovative design that leave the exterior of Cleveland’s aging federal building in place and wrap a new metal and glass skin around it. This type of design, known as a “double wall,” is expected to cut energy costs and give the stolid steel-and-glass building a fresh skyline identity, making its appearance change constantly in the light.

The $121 million plan (left), which was made public at a Cleveland news conference, will be funded by the controversial federal stimulus program. It was prepared by Interactive Design Eight Architects, which worked under Italian architect Renzo Piano on the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing. It will be the most extensive use of double wall technology in a U.S. federal building, though not the first.

Renovation work already has begun on the 16-story Peter W. Rodino Federal Building in Newark, N.J. It’s laying the groundwork for that building to be “shrink-wrapped,” as the plan’s chief architect, Richard Dattner, puts it, in a new metal and glass skin. As at the Cleveland building, the two walls in Newark will be separated by a cavity of air, about three feet wide.

Such double walls filter out harsh sunlight and create an insulating layer of air that moderates climatic extremes and lowers energy costs. Office buildings in Europe have used double walls for more than a decade, but the technology remains unusual in the U.S.

In Cleveland, it will now be applied to the A.J. Celebrezze Federal Building (left), a 32-story structure completed in 1967 and located a short walk from I.M. Pei’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum along Lake Erie. Bob Peck, commissioner of public buildings at the General Services Administration (GSA), which operates federal buildings, approved the design last week.

Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and to conclude in 2014, according to Charles Young, a principal at Interactive Design. The project will reduce annual energy costs by 17 percent, he said in an interview before Thursday’s press conference, calling the existing structure “a massive energy drain.”

The architects arrived at the double-wall solution to meet three renovation criteria set by the GSA: The project should slice energy costs; allow federal workers to remain in place during construction; and protect them from the sort of deadly flying glass that killed scores of office workers in the 1995 truck bomb attack on the Oklahoma City federal building.

These aims led to a more complex–and costly–solution than simply changing existing windows. It will take roughly 50 years to recoup the renovation’s cost in lower energy bills, he estimated, but he stressed that such a calculation was deceptive because it ignored savings and benefits on non-energy items. The government won’t have to rent temporary “swing space” during the renovation, for example, and the building will offer greater protection to its occupants, who works for federal agencies including the Department of Defense.

“This is a blast resistant building,” Young said. “You can’t do it by replacing the existing skin.”

After studying the motion of the sun and its impact on the building’s energy performance, the architects devised two variations of the new exterior skin.

On the building’s south and west sides (at left in the rendering), the skin will consist of projecting aluminum fins, high-strength laminated glass and three fixed glass louvers in the cavity. The louvers will serve as additional filters for harsh, direct sunlight.

On the north and east sides (at right in the rendering), which need less protection because they get less direct sunlight, the skin won’t have the louvers.

The old facade will be visible through the new one. For the building as a whole, the architects hope to create more shadows and visual depth than the current, flat-walled building displays. They also hope to achieve shifting plays of light, like those that animate the exteriors of Ludwig van der Rohe’s high-rises and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago.

“The idea is to work with light,” Young said, adding that the design could be used for commercial 1960s buildings whose building systems are now wearing out. “It’s a problem we’re going to be wrestling with for the next 20 years,” he said.

Scheduled for completion in 2013, the Newark project (left) will retrofit the Rodino office building, which was finished in 1968. Clad in pre-cast concrete and glas, it suffers from many of the same problems as its Cleveland sibling, among them poor insulation and corroding exterior walls that have forced the erection of scaffolding around the building.

As designed by Dattner Architects with Richard McElhiney Architects, the Newark renovation will have some features absent from the Cleveland project. Its outer wall (below), for example, will be outfitted with operable, awning-like windows that will swing open in summer, releasing warm air. They will close in winter, insulating the building. As in Cleveland, however, the inner windows won’t be operable, as they are in many European double-walls–a feature that allows office workers to breathe fresh air.

The building’s top will have an array of angled solar panels that will create what Dattner called a “tiara.” That feature will send a message to Newark, he said, saying “you’ve got a great new building.”

Dattner could not estimate how long it would take for the building to recoup the renovation cost, which he pegged at $146 million, but he insisted that of all the options the architects studied, including tearing down the building and constructing a new one, the chosen plan would cost the least.

“Shrink-wrapping,” he said, “was the least expensive.”

http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/theskyline/2011/01/a-team-of-chicago-architects-on-thursday-unveiled-a-design-that-will-wrap-a-new-skin-of-metal-fins-and-high-strength-laminate.html

http://www.idea8.com

February 5, 2011

Northeastern University, Bldg F | William Rawn Associates

Northeastern University
Residence Hall, Classroom Building and Cultural Center
Boston, MA

This mixed-use building includes three major uses: a Residence Hall with 230 beds, a Classroom Building with 7 general-use classrooms and a 270-seat auditorium, and the John D. O’Bryant Center for African-American Studies. It is the sixth and final building that our office has designed for Northeastern University’s new West Campus. (141,000 s.f.; 230 beds)

http://www.rawnarch.com/classroom_ne-f.html#

February 5, 2011

53 West 53rd Street by Jean Nouvel

Architect Jean Nouvel has unveiled his design for a new 75-story tower on a site next to the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The tower at 53rd West 53rd Street will contain a hotel, luxury apartments and three floors for use by MoMA to expand its exhibition space.

The restaurant and lounge are below ground level, so that pedestrians can peer in through the exterior, which is entirely sheathed in glass.

The following text is from developer Hines:

JEAN NOUVEL DESIGN UNVEILED FOR HINES PROJECT IN MANHATTAN (NEW YORK)

Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today the formal selection of Paris-based architect Jean Nouvel as the designer of a new building slated for a key parcel in midtown Manhattan, adjacent to The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The preliminary architectural design was also released.

Nouvel’s bold design will rise 75 stories from the 17,000-square-foot-site between 53rd and 54th streets just west of MoMA. Currently, a mix of uses is contemplated for the building including: a 50,000-square-foot expansion of MoMA’s galleries (levels two to five); a 100-room, seven-star hotel and 120 highest-end residential condominiums on the upper floors. The project will likely commence pre-sales in late 2008.

Nouvel’s design maximizes the site while considering the city’s zoning envelope. The proposed building’s unique silhouette tapers as it rises to a distinctive spire. Its steel and glass façade reveals the diagrid structural design.

Gerald D. Hines, chairman of Hines, commented, “Nouvel’s exciting concept has the potential to become an international architectural design icon.”

The Hines firm has collaborated with Nouvel on both 40 Mercer in New York’s SoHo neighborhood and on the C1 Tower currently under development in Paris.

Jean Nouvel has headed his own architectural practice, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, since 1970. His honors include the Gold Medal of the French Academy of Architecture, the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Aga Khan Prize, honorary fellowships from the American Institute of Architecture, and France’s National Grand Prize for Architecture. He was awarded Italy’s Borromini Prize and Japan’s Praemium Imperial Career Prize as well as the Wolf Prize, the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in architecture, and the International Highrise Award.

Among Mr. Nouvel’s completed buildings are the Arab World Institute, Paris; Lyon Opera House; Cartier Foundation, Paris; Galeries Lafayette department store, Berlin; Lucerne Culture and Congress Center; Tours Conference Center; The Hotel in Lucerne; Andel office building, Prague; Nantes Justice Center; Dentsu Tower, Tokyo; museum of archaeology, Périgueux; the technology center in Wismar; Agbar office tower, Barcelona; extension to the Queen Sofia museum, Madrid; Quai Branly Museum, Paris; Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis; Brembo’s research and development centre; and the Richemont Corporation headquarters in Geneva.

Hines has been active in New York City since 1981, having developed six major buildings in midtown, including Philip Johnson’s “Lipstick Building” at 885 Third Avenue. In addition to the recently completed 40 Mercer, Hines has three other residential projects underway in New York City including One Jackson Square in Greenwich Village. Hines also acquired three major office buildings in New York since 2003, including I.M. Pei’s 499 Park, and currently manages more than 11.5 million square feet of office space in the area.

Posted by Rose Etherington

http://www.dezeen.com/2007/11/16/53-west-53rd-street-by-jean-nouvel/

 

February 5, 2011

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners

Work has restarted on the Leadenhall Building in London by architectsRogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners

Construction was halted in August 2008 due to financial difficulties experienced by developers British Land. However a new deal agreed with Oxford Properties means work on site has recommenced.

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners

Located in London’s Square Mile, the base of the 47-storey glass tower will measure almost half an acre with the form tapering towards the top, resulting in different sized floor plans at each level.

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners

The diagonal structural bracing will be visible through the building’s façade from the interior and exterior.

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners

Glass lifts on the side of the building will go right up to the tip of the structure.

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners

The building will comprise offices, retail spaces and restaurants, with the base of the tower forming a six storey public space.

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners

Construction is due for completion in 2014.

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The following information is from the architects:


CITY OF LONDON’S LATEST LANDMARK DEVELOPMENT UNDERWAY

 

Construction has recommenced on what is set to become one of the most iconic buildings in London’s Square Mile, British Land and Oxford Properties’ The Leadenhall Building.

Following an announcement in late December 2010 on the completion of a joint venture partnership between British Land and Oxford Properties for the 610,000 sq ft development, photos revealed today show the scheme’s contractors back on site and pressing ahead with piling works (the laying of structural support for the building).

Located at 122 Leadenhall, the tapering 47 storey, 736 ft (224m) tower was designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners and is due for practical completion in mid 2014. Combining flexible office space with retail and dining facilities, the development features a spectacularly landscaped, seven-storey open space at the base of the building, which covers nearly half an acre and is of a scale unprecedented in London.

The development’s tapering shape delivers floor plates of varying size, ranging from 21,000sq ft on the lower floors to 6,000sq ft at the top of the tower, all with spectacular views over the capital.

Great care has been taken to ensure the design of the building complements the surrounding architecture, particularly with regard to London’s viewing corridors. Seen from the west looking towards St Paul’s Cathedral, The Leadenhall Building will appear to ‘lean away’ from the historic monument.

Nigel Webb, Head of Developments at British Land, said: “Since completing the joint venture partnership with Oxford Properties late last year, we have moved quickly to return to site and forge ahead with the construction of this iconic new London building. The Leadenhall Building is already generating strong interest from a broad range of occupiers in the insurance, financial, professional and corporate business sectors and will complete at a time when we believe strong demand and supply constraints will coincide.”

Richard Pilkington, Development Director, Oxford Properties added: “Our plan was always to move quickly in the New Year and it’s great to see major construction activity on the site again, giving confidence to the occupier market that The Leadenhall Building will be delivered by mid 2014.”

http://www.dezeen.com/2011/01/27/the-leadenhall-building-by-rogers-stirk-harbour-partners/

 

February 5, 2011

Le Monolith by MVRDV

Le Monolith by MVRDV

Here are some photos of the recently-completed mixed-use urban block Le Monolith in Lyon, France, masterplanned by Dutch studioMVRDV and designed by five different architects.

Le Monolith by MVRDV

The building incorporates social housing, rental property, offices, retail and accommodation for disabled people.

Le Monolith by MVRDV

Five distinct sections were each designed by a different architect; the collaborating firms are French architects ECDMManuelle Gautrandand Pierre Gautier, and Dutch studios MVRDV and Erick van Egeraat.

Le Monolith by MVRDV

MVRDV were responsible for the south-facing waterfront section, where aluminium shutters shield the interiors from sunlight.

When these shutters are closed, letters on the facade spell out the first article of the European Constitution.

See Erick van Egeraat’s portion in our earlier story.

See all our stories about MVRDV »

Photographs are by Philippe Ruault.

Here are some more details from MVRDV:


MVRDV completes ‘Le Monolithe’, Lyon

‘Le Monolithe’, an energy efficient mixed-use urban block located in the development area Confluence at the southern tip of Lyon’s Presqu’île, has reached completion. The structure with a total surface of 32.500 m2 combines social housing, rental property, a residence for disabled people, offices and retail. The block is composed of five sections, each one designed by a different architect, following the MVRDV masterplan: Pierre Gautier, Manuelle Gautrand, ECDM and Erik van Egeraat. Landscape architects West 8 designed the public plaza. MVRDV designed the head section which advertises over the full façade the European integration by quoting the EU constitution. ‘Le Monolithe’ has been realized by ING Real Estate Development and Atemi.

Le Monolithe:

In 2004, ING Real Estate Developers had invited a group of international architects to design the masterplan, for which MVRDV was chosen as winner. Based on this masterplan, each architect was asked to design a section which together form ‘Le Monolithe’. The urban superblock is a mixed-use development comprising a mix of social and rental housing, offices and underground parking. The block is characterised by a large interior court with a raised public space overlooking the city, the new marina and a park, in this way resembling the French classical ‘Grand Gallérie’. The block is divided into five sections, each one designed by a different architect in order to achieve diversity and architectural variety. MVRDV is responsible for the head section in the south at the waterfront. Each part is unique in material, composition and architectural expression. The project forms part of the urban regeneration project ‘Lyon Confluence’, a 150 hectare site located at the southern tip of Lyon’s Presqu’île, where the rivers Rhône and Saône merge.

South building:

The interiors of MVRDV’s south facing building are protected from the sun by means of aluminium shutters as a reference to traditional local architecture. Apartments inside Le Monolithe offer a great diversity in order to attract different groups of inhabitants making the block a reflection of Lyon’s population. Offices are divided into separate units of min. 500 m² which are accessed by three vertical circulation cores, providing individual access. Each unit allows for a flexible fit out, depending on the tenants’ needs and requirements. All spaces are naturally lit and ventilated.

In June 2005, when France and The Netherlands voted against the European Constitution, MVRDV decided to redesign the façade and integrate a reminder of the values, ideals and needs of the European Union. When all shutters are closed, the first article of the European Constitution can be read: “The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.”

It aims to advocate a possible ‘Yes’ for Europe in days of protectionism, accompanying the collective EU spirit of the gathered architects. The adjacent sections were designed by French and Dutch architects Pierre Gautier, Manuelle Gautrand, ECDM and Erik van Egeraat. Dutch landscape architects West 8 designed the public space.

‘Le Monolithe’ is one of the projects within the greater scheme for Lyon Confluence which has been developed as part of Grand Lyon’s European Concerto-Renaissance programme, a project supported by the European Commission. The building not only complies with High Environmental Quality (HQE) criteria, such as reinforced insulation, careful selection of materials and rainwater management; further, 80% of the total energy consumed is provided by renewable energy sources. The combination of efficient spatial composition, passive energy (sunscreens, high thermal inertia), thermal and acoustic comfort and an energy strategy that includes heat storage, PV-cells, low-e double glazing, compactness to minimise heat loss, natural ventilation and an environmentally responsive façade system make ‘Le Monolithe’ a highly efficient low energy construction, e.g. heating accounts for <40 kWh/m²/year and hot water <5 kWh/m²/year.

The ambitious greater urban project Lyon Confluence extends the city centre to the very tip of the peninsula by creating diverse neighbourhoods involving retail and leisure zones, parks, cultural institutions, housing, schools and offices, and local public amenities.

http://www.dezeen.com/2010/12/14/le-monolith-by-mvrdv/

 

February 5, 2011

Monolith by Erick van Egeraat

Monolith by Erick van Egeraat

Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat has collaborated with French architects Combarel-MarrecManuelle Gautrand and Pierre Gautier, plus Dutch architect Winy Maas to complete this building in Lyon, France, featuring a façade in wood and glass.

Monolith by Erick van Egeraat

Called Monolith, the project was divided into five parts, each designed by one of the architects.

Monolith by Erick van Egeraat

Van Egeraat designed the north-east entrance, shown here.

Monolith by Erick van Egeraat

The block comprises offices, retail and residential units.

Monolith by Erick van Egeraat

Photographs are by Philippe Ruault.

Here’s a bit more information from the architect:


Erick van Egeraat designs the Monolith in Lyon [FR]

A unique superblock is officially opened today in the French City of Lyon. Designed by Erick van Egeraat created the superblock, called the ‘Monolith’in collaboration with the French architects Combarel-Marrec, Manuelle Gautrand, Pierre Gautier and the Dutch architect Winy Maas. This superblock is part of the urban renewal project Lyon Confluence. The building with its exuberant architecture is intended to add the new values to this derelict territory which was previously a thriving industrial district. Now the area is transformed into an innovative and beautiful part of Lyon’s city center. Erick van Egeraat and his French and Dutch colleagues all contributed to this ambitious development.

The Lyon Confluence project consists of three lots: A, B and C. The project of Erick van Egeraat is located in lot C which is also know as Le Monolithe. Lot C comprises of office, retail and residential units on a size of 32.000m2, is located in Lyon’s key – redevelopment area Lyon Confluence. It will accommodate 1.500 new residents, 15.000m2 of new office-space and 1.800 m2 of retail. This ‘superblock‘ is part of the larger inner-city redevelopment in the gastronomic center of France.

Divided into 5 sections, each section was designed by a different architect. Erick van Egeraat designed the North-eastern entrance-part of the superblock.

Offices are located along the east side and parallel to the train track. Residential units are located on the north side and in the ‘bridge’ spanning across and creating the entrance gate to the interior courtyard.

“It is an unusual building which took quite some effort to get realized. Initially each architect selected a specific material for the façade”, Erick van Egeraat says.” We eventually decided to use all materials, which created this unusual but very attractive image for the Monolith”

The result for this design is a facade predominantly designed in wood and glass. The various wooden and glass panels have been assembled in a rich and elegant irregular pattern. The introduction of the pronounced vertical wooden fins created additional depth in the façade. The fins introduce an element of verticality in the predominantly horizontal volume of the entire block. Erick van Egeraat’s unique interpretation adds another layer of individuality and scale to this remarkable superblock.

http://www.dezeen.com/2010/11/17/monolith-by-erick-van-egeraat/