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Erick van Egeraat designs 'Monolith’ mixed-use project in France
Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat, in collaboration with French architects Combarel-Marrec, Manuelle Gautrand and Pierre Gautier, and Dutch architect Winy Maas has completed ‘Monolith’ mixed-use project in Lyon, France, featuring a façade in wood and glass.
The unique superblock called ‘Monolith’, a part of the urban renewal project Lyon Confluence, has been divided into five parts. Each of these parts has been designed by one of the architects. The block constitutes offices, retail and residential elements.
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 32.000 square metres, and is located in Lyon’s key redevelopment area Lyon Confluence. It will accommodate 1.500 new residents, 15.000 square metres of new office-space and 1.800 square metres of retail.
The building has transformed the former thriving industrial district into an innovative and beautiful part of Lyon’s city centre. Erick van Egeraat and his French and Dutch colleagues all contributed to this ambitious development.
Erick van Egeraat is responsible for the design of the North-eastern entrance-part of the superblock. Offices are located along the length of the east side and parallel to the train track. The north side accommodates residential units.
The scheme is distinct for its unique façade, which is designed predominantly in wood and glass. The architects have arranged various wooden and glass panels in a rich and elegant irregular pattern. Distinct vertical wooden fins have been integrated offering additional depth in the façade. The fins helped to bring in the element of verticality in the predominantly horizontal volume of the entire block.
Initially each architect selected a specific material for the façade, but ultimately they decided to use all materials, leading to this unusual but very attractive image for the Monolith.