• Architect: RPBW,Renzo Piano Building Workshop
• Associate architect: CRB Architecture, Curtelin Bergeret Ricard
• Contracting authority: Communauté Urbaine de Lyon, SEM Cité Internationale
• Blind maker: ATES and GRIESSER
• Serge Ferrari composite screens:
> SOLTIS 92 – red
> Surface: 600 m2
For the originality of their work, architect Renzo Piano and landscape designer Michel Corajoud won a 1986 international contest and the contract to restore the site of the former Lyons International Fair. Over the past two decades Soltis has been selected for a large number of projects and has evolved to meet the requirements of designers and installers alike. Step back in time with us and see some images of a project that is exceptional by its scale and its duration.
The Cité Internationale is truly a small patch of the city — some 20 hectares —with a strong environmental dimension. Ideally located between the River Rhone and the Parc de la Tête d’Or — the lung of urban Lyons — the site boasts quantities of various flora all along the covered central lane where strollers’ notions of inside and outside are turned upside down because of the trees that seem to enter in the buil-dings. In the designer’s own words, “…to fully grasp the architecture of the buildings you must first traverse Nature”.
Modifying solar protection on a case-by-case basis.
Renzo Piano imagined a genuinely inhabited park with multiple functions where ‘pavilions’ bring together offices, dwellings, adminis-trative buildings, a hotel residence, plus a conference centre and an auditorium-cum-theatre. Solar protection plays a significant role in ensuring the comfort of future users while respecting the Genoese architect’s original innovative.
As Anne Helene Temenides of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop put it, “We had already tried and tested Soltis products on other jobs and were well aware of their qualities. But we put the work of each pavilion out to tender and very carefully screened all the proposals of the bidding companies. The success of a big site like this does in fact mean a daily struggle and total com-mitment to dealing with each proposal from every specialist”. Solar protection is no exception to this rule and the whole Soltis range was put through its paces both as regards to solar protection as well as aesthetics.
Salle 3000: a success
As the ultimate element of the Cité Internationale site, Salle 3000 is an amphitheatre dreamed up to accom-modate international congresses and major popular events.
Salle 3000 is the program’s figurehead and, as Mrs. Temenides explains, a completely novel realization: “the idea was to create a space between stage, auditorium and access ways, without any partitioning.
We also carried out some in-depth work between the inside and the outside — the interior 180-degree amphitheatre shape is repeated in a facade that’s designed like a true proscenium so that open-air outdoor shows can be put on if required.
Solar protection plays an essential part, especially in maintaining the atmosphere of the VIP lounges and the foyer. We chose Soltis 92, but the colour is a unique crea-tion extrapolated from the stage-curtain red — we also applied it to the seats, the fitted carpets and even the elevator inter-iors. This, for the Ferrari teams, involved developing a colour for this project and testing its UV resistance qualities.”