Dominique Lyon Architectes

Library, housing and retail space in Lyon

Library, housing and retail space in Lyon
Library, housing and retail space in Lyon
Library, housing and retail space in Lyon
Library, housing and retail space in Lyon
Library, housing and retail space in Lyon
Library, housing and retail space in Lyon
Library, housing and retail space in Lyon

The program is a médiathèque, 67 apartments, and a retail space.

The site is on triangular place that is limited by two large roads crossing at a sharp angle and lined with big modern constructions. The perspectives are endless the site is open and generous.

The médiathèque is a small building compared to the scale of its environment. To assert itself it has to find a way that does not rely on size or bulk.

Its façade is an image, a moving image since it will be seen by car-drivers, and pedestrians crossing the wide space of the site.

The presence of that image is comparable to a very large billboard.

What has to be seen is the interior of the médiathèque itself, and slowly moving images that are projected on its walls. The reading-room is arranged as a balcony suspended over the site.

The façade is made of non reflective glass ; and a special device in the glass façade reflects the interior and at the same time protects it from the sun.

Client : OPAC de Lyon
Site : place du 11 Novembre, Lyon (69)
Competition : june 2003
Program : médiathèque, 67 apartements, retail space
Surface area : library 2 500 m² - housing 5 000 m² - retail
space : 3 500 m²
Cost : 10 M€ ht