Ycone: A multi-layered and multi-tonal residential tower by Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Ycone: A multi-layered and multi-tonal residential tower by Ateliers Jean Nouvel

17 Mar 2020 Materialization

In Lyon’s newly developed Confluence District, Ateliers Jean Nouvel created Ycone, a 174-foot (64-meter) high residential tower comprising 92 apartments with mixed-use space on lower levels. It features a multi-layered facade and multi-tonal pastel colour palette that contrast against the backdrop of a city known for its colourful, Italianized architecture.

Credit: Guillaume Perret

The form of the building is described by the Atelier as ‘two buildings in one,’ as social sector apartments occupy a separate zone on the building’s northern flank. At its base is a terraced garden and what is described as a ‘green filter’ that allows for micro public space.

Credit: Guillaume Perret

The exterior of the building is made up of two different facades. These facades are separated by balconies, which wrap around the building’s elevation and form an ‘in-between’ space.

Credit: Guillaume Perret

The inner façade is clad predominantly with aluminium panels in 11 different pastel hues ranging from sky blue to coral. The outer skin is formed by a white lacquered aluminium frame, which flares out at the top of the building and is partially glazed with variously coloured and textured glass panels.

Each façade features a geometric pattern while the ‘in-between’ zone allows people to occupy space in different ways - much like an enclosed balcony.

Credit: Guillaume Perret

 

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