Renzo Piano. Lyons. Cité internationale Conference Centre. 2006

Renzo Piano,

Lyon, France,


Steel, Cement,

A wide-ranging project that has kept Genoese architect Renzo Piano busy for more than 20 years: planning on the expansion of the Conference Centre in Lyons¿ Cité Internationale began in the '80s, but the new facility was not inaugurated until June 1 2006.

Renzo Piano. Lyons. Cité internationale Conference Centre. 2006 The end result is a new amphitheatre which took three years to build, and is one of Renzo Piano?s most important projects, in which he worked with landscape architect Michel Corajoud.
This is also one of Piano?s most delicate works, made mostly out of terra cotta and glass on the banks of the Rhone and surrounded by greenery. Landscape architect Corajoud particularly appreciated Renzo Piano?s willingness to "hide" his building with trees in an attempt to achieve true symbiosis with the landscape.
The 20 hectare site is located next to the city?s biggest park, Parc de la Tete d'Or.

The expansion practically quadrupled the amount of available space, from about 8170 square metres to 25 thousand.
The capacity of the conference centre was increased from 6,500 to 19 thousand seats.The amphitheatre alone is large enough for up to 3220 people. And that?s not all: the project also involved construction of a new forum with exhibition spaces measuring more than 5 thousand square metres, 10 new meeting rooms and an underground public parking lot for up to 1200 cars.
The complex also includes offices, restaurants and hotels.

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