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Carre de Soie, Lyon, France

Wednesday 04 Mar 2009

A pioneering role

Carre de Soie by RAU in Lyon, France
RAU, Amsterdam 
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RAU to build autonomous office complex - self supporting in climate control and use 

In Lyon, the Carré de Soie: where once the silk industry was located, there will be a model neighbourhood situated between the city centre and the airport. Accreted housing will be demolished to make way for a sustainable urban concept.

Lyon’s great ambitions for sustainable technologies and low energy use must become a reality here, say RAU, the project's architects. This first location-defining office complex with a shopping centre, a car park and 92 social housing apartments will set the standard for the whole city district, acting as a central hub. At the end of the metro line to the centre, immediately adjacent to a Park & Ride facility and on the tram route to the airport.

The design involves various aspects. Sustainable use of materials, such as walls of recycled glass and recycled glass-reinforced concrete. Low energy use (class A EPBD), using only infinite energy sources and self-generated energy. And, in order to get as close as possible to our self-imposed additional objective: an entirely self-supporting and – autonomous – CO2-neutral design.

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