Location: Lyon (France)
Area: 800 m² (8.611 SF) renovation + 1.500 m² (16.145 SF) new construction
Status: Design development
It is difficult to make the case for a specific typology when dealing with such assignment as showing cars. We focused on two criteria: create a form that would be both distinctive/in relation to existing building, as well as architecturally expressing that form in a manner that recalls the experience of looking at a vintage collector’s car and a new automobile.
This we achieved by considering a doubly curved & asymmetric roof shape, square in plan with a single high point. All load baring elements are located on the outer & inner courtyard perimeter, allowing for full flexibility of layout. The building is clad with ultra high strength concrete panels so each panel is a single element, providing the tactile and visual quality required to sit next to a 150 year old building.