Building a floating crystal spaceship on the island of knowledge: Lyon Confluence Museum, France

Image Source: Coop Himmelb(l)au.

Located at the junction of Rhône and Saône.Musée des ConfluencesIt is located on an artificial island with a history of 100 years. As its name suggests, it is not only located where the two rivers meet, but also has the meaning of being an important hub for academic and cultural exchanges. The museum was completed in 2014 and became the first science center and anthropology museum in Lyon, France. After three years of steady development, it has become one of Lyon's unique landmarks.

 

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Photograph © Sergio Pirrone. Image Source: Designboom.

Museum by Austrian construction team Coop Himmelb(l)au The design of the knife is based on three elements: the Plinth, the Crystal and the Cloud; the entire complex is based on a century-old artificial island. Like a crystal spaceship moored at sea, and the town of Yar next door. Luma Arles Fighting against the court; farther away, like Paris Louis Vuitton Foundation Looking far away.

 

Image Source: Coop Himmelb(l)au.
Photograph © Sergio Pirrone. Image Source: Coop Himmelb(l)au.

The Plinth is made of reinforced concrete to lift the building's topography and increase the space. This part covers the main conference halls and exhibition halls; the crystal is placed on top. It is a unique space with reinforced glass to depict the outline - as an important facade of the museum, facing the lively urban area of ​​the south, bringing a lot of natural light and outdoor atmosphere to the passages and spaces in the museum - visitors can see it as soon as they look up The sky above the sky is full of clouds, forming a distinctive welcome hall.

 

Image Source: Coop Himmelb(l)au.
Photograph © Sergio Pirrone. Image Source: Coop Himmelb(l)au.
Image Source: Coop Himmelb(l)au.
Photograph © Sergio Pirrone. Image Source: Coop Himmelb(l)au.
Image Source: Coop Himmelb(l)au.
Photograph © Sergio Pirrone. Image Source: Coop Himmelb(l)au.
Image Source: Coop Himmelb(l)au.
Photograph © Sergio Pirrone. Image Source: Designboom.

The Cloud is a flying ship-like tail with respect to the crystal's latitude and longitude, making the building and the harbor's boats look like each other, as if they were a huge ship moored in the town. The construction team used a lot of materials full of “transparency” to make the museum daylight in the daytime, and the night was brightly lit. Like the night pearl on the sea, the open arms welcome visitors.

 

Image Source: Coop Himmelb(l)au.
Photograph © Sergio Pirrone. Image Source: Coop Himmelb(l)au.
Image Source: Coop Himmelb(l)au.
Photograph © Sergio Pirrone. Image Source: Coop Himmelb(l)au.

As a large art city in South France, Lyon has accumulated many venues and installations for different purposes in the past 100 years. The completion of the Confluence Museum has brought a new vision of science and anthropology to Lyon. There are three general exhibitions in the pavilion: "European-Stories of the world", which tells the story of human origin, with giant dinosaur fossils taking tourists back to large-scale species extinction; "Species- the Web of Life" from animals and From a human perspective, explore the perspectives of human and non-human species viewing the world and question the human standard. The final "Societies – Human theatre" explores the social nature of human migration and gathering. The three themes and three areas of knowledge provide visitors with a diverse perspective on the world and history.

 

Image Source: Musée des Confluences.
Image Source: Musée des Confluences.
Image Source: Musée des Confluences.
Image Source: Musée des Confluences.
Image Source: Musée des Confluences.
Photograph © Sergio Pirrone. Image Source: Designboom.

If the architect is an uncontrolled wild horse, France's tolerance and aesthetics of architecture may be the savannah that accommodates these wild horses. If you have the opportunity to come to France and visit the capital city of Paris, you may wish to go south all the way, to visit the old and new, the ancient and modern architecture tour!

 

Musée des Confluences
86 quai Perrache, 69002 Lyon, France
Opening Hours/ Tue-Wed & Fri/ 11:00 am-07:00 pm
Thu/ 11:00 am-10:00 pm
Sat-Sun/ 10:00 am-07:00 pm
T: +33-04-28-38-12-12

 

Image Sources: Coop Himmelb(l)au & Musée des Confluences & Designboom.

 

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