Musee des Confluences Lyon
groupe de discussion sur l'Art Africain
Par amour pour l'Art Africain.
|LYON, FRANCE (2001-2008)
Planning: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU
Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky + Partner
Client: Dèpartement du Rhône, Lyon
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Musée des Confluences à Lyon
Crystal Cloud of Knowledge
The future society will be a society of knowledge. However this knowledge
can hardly be split into clearly defined fields.
Innovations develop within interspaces, within indistinctness, within the
overlapping and hybridising. Questions regarding the future will be decided
within transitional fields situated between technology, biology and ethics
that are the central themes of the Musée des Confluences.
Mutations of form, penetrations, deformations, simultaneities, breakdowns
and variabilities have an effect on architecture. The resulting architecture
is characterised by the interactions, the fusion and mutation of different
entities constituting a new shape.
The Musée des Confluences does not consider itself as an exclusive temple
for the intellectual bourgeoisie but as a public place providing access to
the knowledge of our age.
Stimulating a direct and active use, it is not only a museum site but also a
venue in town. The architecture hybridises the typology of a museum with the
typology of an urban leisure space.
Hard Space – Soft Space
The concept of two complexly connected architectural units are a result of
the striking interface-like situation of the building site.
The crystal rising towards the side of the town is conceived as an urban
forum and entrance hall for visitors. Its shape that can be read clearly
stands for the everyday world. In contrast to this the cloud hides the
knowledge about the future; it is a soft space of hidden streams and
Within the Musée des Confluences the present and the future, the known and
the still unknown are conceived as a spatial arrangement trying to “spur
public curiosity”. As an extension of the park located on the Southern top
of the island a new urban space formulates itself; a landscape consisting of
ramps and surfaces merging the inside and the outside and resulting in a
dynamic sequence of spatial events.
This movement is also followed by the alternating spatial structure of the
exhibition halls. Closed Black Boxes and free exhibition areas alternate by
exploiting the double room height of two levels. The architecture is as
changeable as the content entrusted.
The idea of the permanent reinvention of an urban event enables Lyon to
perfectly position itself within a regional as well as within a global
Site Area: 20.975 m2
Floor Area: 26.700 m2
Competition (1st Prize): 2001
Start of Planning: 2002
Scheduled Start of Construction: 09/2006
Scheduled Completion: 2008
Building Costs: 100 Mio Euro
Frequence of Visitors: 500.000 visitors per year
Département du Rhône, Lyon, France
Structural Engineering (Design):
Bollinger + Grohmann, Frankfurt, Germany
Structural Engineering (Executive):
Arcora, Paris, France
Khephren, Paris, France
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