The Monolithe is born of a dialogue between a client ING (Frédérique MONJANEL) and five European architects: MVRDV, Erick Van EGERAAT, Manuelle GAUTRAND, Pierre GAUTIER, ECDM (Emmanuel COMBAREL Dominique MARREC architects). The result is a '5 hands' architecture, where the value and wealth result from the combination of common rules and a variety of treatments.
This project attempts to preserve the qualities and values of the historic city of Lyon Confluence by redefining a new, contemporaneous lifestyle, guided by two strong and converging aspirations: a modern environment and a healthy quality of life, taking into account the requirements for the implementation of sustainable development.
The project is slice of urbanity, social realism, transversal proposal for diversity; a synthetic and ambiguous architecture with a common denominator: same quality of façades for all the included programs, the same envelope without any hierarchy or social expressionism, a picture showing a cautious neutrality towards any functional determinism. There is scope for the housing to turn into offices and vice versa in the future.
ECDM's portion of the building is an element of sedimentation, embedded in a complex and rigorous urban composition. The purpose is the inclusion of a building in an urban landscape, a work to the service of the lot, in direct intersection with the surrounding buildings. The project precisely fits into the templates, alignments, frames, the values that govern the whole of the lot. So the plot consists of 2 parallel constructions, which optimise the characteristics and constraints of the site in terms of view, sunlight and animation disturbances.