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This Ginormous Orange Cube is an Architecture + Design Showroom In Lyon

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On February 11, 2011 @ 11:30 am In Architecture,Green Building | No Comments

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The building serves as the headquarters for the Cardinal Group, a real estate development firm, as well as the Design Showroom RBC. The intention of the project was to combine a showroom dedicated to the world of design objects [1] inside the architecture of a fantastic building and create an experience along the banks of the river. Orange was chosen as the color for the building as a reference to the industrial color commonly used in harbors. A giant void in the building is created by subtracting three ‘conic’ volumes, which generate interesting spaces, daylighting and views of the river.

Most of the building is covered in a perforated facade [2] that acts as a shade screen minimizing direct sun on the interior. Energy efficiency is maximized with this screen and all of the offices enjoy natural daylighting. A geothermal heat pump with heat recovery provides energy efficient heating and cooling, making use of the relatively constant temperatures of the nearby river. Then, a photovoltaic system [3] on the roof provides 10% of the building’s electricity needs.

+ Jakob + Macfarlane [4]

Via Designboom [5]

Images ©Nicolas Borel/Jakob + Macfarlane

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[1] world of design objects: http://inhabitat.com/video-inhabitat-sees-green-at-bklyn-designs/

[2] perforated facade: http://inhabitat.com/700-year-old-italian-farmhouse-renovated-with-delicate-filigree-screening/

[3] photovoltaic system: http://inhabitat.com/tag/photovoltaic-system

[4] + Jakob + Macfarlane: http://www.jakobmacfarlane.com/

[5] Designboom: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/13017/jakob-macfarlane-orange-cube.html

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