Architect in ChargeCOOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky + Partner
Design PrincipalWolf D. Prix
Project PartnerMarkus Prossnigg
Project ArchitectsMona Bayr, Angus Schoenberger
Project CoordinationThomas Margaretha, Peter Grell
Local Architect, PlanningPatriarche & Co, Chambéry/Lyon, France
PhotographsCourtesy of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Hubert Canet, Balloïde
Project Team ViennaChristopher Beccone, Guy Bébié, Lorenz Bürgi, Wolfgang Fiel, Kai Hellat, Robert Haranza, Alex Jackson, Georg Kolmayr, Daniel Kerbler, Lucas Kulnig, Andreas Mieling, Marianna Milioni, Andrea Schöning, Mario Schwary, Markus Schwarz, Oliver Tessmann, Dionicio Valdez, Philipp Vogt, Markus Wings, Tom Wiscombe, Christoph Ziegler, Jutta Schädler
Project Team LyonFrancois Texier, Philippe Folliasson, Etienne Champenois, Alexandru Gheorghe, Niels Hiller, Emanuele Iacono, Pierre-Yves Six
ExecutionMESA Workshop, Lyon, France
Project ManagermentChabanne & Partenaires, Lyon, France
Construction Survey LyonJean Pierre Debray
CostsMazet & Associés, Paris, France CUBIC, Lyon, France
Structural Engineering (Design)B+G Ingenieure, Bollinger und Grohmann GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany
Structural Engineering (Executive)Coyne et Bellier, Lyon, France VS_A, Lille, France
HVACITEE-Fluides, Arnas, France
Security Fire ConsultationCabinet Casso & Cie, Paris, France
AcousticsCabinet Lamoureux, Paris, France
Media ConsulationCabinet Labeyrie, Paris, France
Lighting ConsultationHar Hollands, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Landscape DesignEGIS aménagement, Lyon, France
Site Area20975 sqm
Net Floor Area26700 sqm
Gross Floor Area46476 sqm
Building CostsEUR 150 Mio
Frequence of Visitors500.000 visitors per year
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 countless transitions.
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 context.