Paris-based jakob + macfarlane architects (Dominique Jakob, Brendan Macfarlane) has sent us images of ‘orange cube’, their soon-to-be-complete commercial and cultural complex in Lyon, France.
Designed as a part of an urban planning project to replenish the docks of Lyon, the five-storey orthogonal cube plays off the fluid movement of the river saône, exploring the effects of subtraction and voids on the quality and generation of space.
The external skin is a light facade, punctured with a pixilated pattern that resembles trailing droplets, a reference to the adjacent river’s flow. This porous envelope allows sightlines and natural daylighting while establishing a distinct identity for the building.
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