Saint-Étienne Architecture, Architect, Factory, French Design, Platine, Images
Cité du Design, France : Saint-Étienne Building
French Building, Harbour basin of Saint-Étienne by LIN, Architects
28 Feb 2008
Cité du Design Saint-Étienne
Dates built: 2006-09
Design: LIN Finn Geipel + Giulia Andi
Cité du Design – Saint-Étienne at the Triennale di Milano- Last days
International Exhibition : Green Life – Building Sustainable CitiesOn March 28th 2010 the international exhibition Green Life – Building Sustainable Cities will close at the Triennale di Milano.
There Cité du Design, Saint-Étienne is showcased among urban development projects based on sustainability and eco-friendly building techniques.
The Cité du Design is a new international institution for communication, dissemination, research and training for design. Its most experimental element is the so called Platine, a large 200×32 m single space that articulates the different buildings and activities of the Cité du Design.
The Platine is an interclimatic laboratory whose adaptable skin encloses several programs and responds to their needs in terms of light and climate. The 14,000 modular triangular panels which make up its envelope integrate into one coherent system different types of energy producing elements, including photovoltaic panels.
DAM prize for Architecture in Germany 2010 – The 23 best buildings in / from Germany
Cité du Design, Saint-Étienne by LIN will be showcased within the exhibition at DAM, Frankfurt, Germany
29 Jan – 29 May 2011
Exhibition: 5 Feb – 28 Mar 2010
Triennale di Milano / Viale Alemagna, 6 / 20121 – Milano
LIN Finn Geipel + Giulia Andi, architects urbanists, announce the opening of the Cité du design at Saint-Etienne, which has just been inaugurated by Frédéric Mitterrand, the Minister of Culture for France.
The Cité du design is a new international institution for communication, dissemination, research and training for design. The project involves the transformation of the Saint-Etienne Manufacture d’Armes, one of the major industrial spaces of the territory. It also represents a first step in the city’s redevelopment.
The essential elements consist of the restoration of some of the buildings of the old Manufacture, a new building, the large 200×32 m single space called La Platine, an Observatory tower, two Gardens, and the Place d’Armes, a large public plaza.
The Platine is an interclimatic laboratory whose adaptable skin encloses several programs, such as exhibition spaces, the auditorium, the Agora, the Greenhouse and the Material Library, and responds to their needs in terms of light and climate. It is also an articulation between the different activities of the Cité du design.
Client: Saint-Étienne Métropole
with the assistance of the European Community, the National Government, the Rhône-Alpes Region and the Département de la Loire
Photographs: Christian Richters, Jan-Oliver Kunze and François Maisonnasse.
Cité du Design Saint-Étienne : further information
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Cité du Design
3, Rue Javelin Pagnon, 42000 Saint-Étienne, France
T +33-477-33 53 88 www.citedudesign.com
Laboratory for integrative Architecture and Urbanism
LIN, Finn Geipel + Giulia Andi, Berlin
Zenith Saint-Etienne by Foster + Partners
photo : Nigel Young
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