Gallery: This Ginormous Orange Cube is an Architecture + Design Showroo...

 
This fantastically bright orange cube on the banks of the Saône River in Lyon, France may look like a giant toddler's toy, but it's actually an office and cultural center designed to showcase architecture and design and help invigorate the docks of the river. A giant hole cuts through the orthogonal, 5-story building, opening the center up with daylighting, views and natural ventilation. Designed by Paris-based Jakob + Macfarlane, Le Cube Orange is also energy efficient and relies on a water-based geothermal heat pump and photovoltaic panels on the roof.

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