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Cité du Design: Solar Powered International Design Center Unveiled
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On November 6, 2009 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,Sustainable Building | No Comments
Situated in an defunct arms manufacturing facility in Saint-Etienne, the recently unveiled Cité du Design  is a stunning international center for design. Designed by LIN , the project completely renovated the historic complex and integrated a new facility made out of triangular scaffolding. Powered by solar energy  and supplemented by an efficient heating system, the energy efficient Cité du Design  is a world class design center that lives up to its name.
Designed by Berlin and Paris based LIN , the €41.5 million Cité du Design  just opened at the beginning of October. Inside the complex are auditoriums, meeting rooms, exhibition space, a media library, and indoor gardens with an observation tower located alongside the long hall. A latticed 3D structure  forms the walls and roof of the complex, and the interior of the hall is left open without any supports or beams to get in the way.
The center is very energy efficient and utilizes a heat exchange and recovery system to reduce energy used for heating. Pre-conditioned air from the internal gardens, which are not heated, is drawn into the system to heat the nearby rooms. The skin of the building is composed up of 14,000 equilateral triangles made from different materials that help to control light, temperature and air flow according to environmental conditions. Some of these triangles are actually photovoltaic cells  used to generate power for use in the building.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/11/06/cite-du-design-solar-powered-international-design-center-unveiled/cite-du-design-14/
 Cité du Design: http://www.citedudesign.com/
 LIN: http://www.lin-a.com/start-english.html
 Powered by solar energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/11/02/a-solar-powered-monorail-system-for-bologna/
 latticed 3D structure: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/06/17/sustainable-spire-twisting-ivory-observation-tower-for-dubai/
 photovoltaic cells: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/10/16/germanys-solar-coated-surplushome-wins-solar-decathlon/
 The Architectural Review: http://www.arplus.com/9096/cite-du-design-saint-etienne-france-by-lin/
 Notcot: http://www.notcot.org/post/26063/
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