Buildings 3, 7 and 8 - Lyon Confluence Ilot A3

Studio: Tatiana Bilbao Estudio
Authors: Tatiana Bilbao, Catia Bilbao, Juan Pablo Benlliure, David Vaner, Paola Toriz, Alessia Schoor, Moisés Alcántara, Valentina Marchetti, Sofía Betancur, Alba Cortés, Sonia Castañón, Juan Pablo Benlliure, Julieta Sobral, Vania Torres, Sergio Torres, Alec Perkins, Yolanda de Rueda, Abelardo Bravo, Andrea Lafarga, Karen Díaz de León, Moises Alcántara, Sofía Betancur, Sonia Castañon, Valentina Marchetti
Location: Lyon, France
Video: Tatiana Bilbao Estudio (photos of the video: Jonathan Letoublon)

General aspects: This compound of mixed-use apartment buildings in Lyon, France are part of a development project at the junction of two rivers and is of particular importance to the city as it attempts to reclaim unused post-industrial land. Tatiana Bilbao Estudio designed three buildings that compose one block, along with five other project entries by four different architects within the master plan developed by the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron.
Building 3 presents a typology of half-level social housing. the structure of the building is concrete, spread around an internal core and configured around the corners of the building, with a monolithic appearance,. Building 7 offers a variety of social housing units all facing south. The open core that includes the common areas is located to the north. It creates a connection with the island core and allows the living rooms and terraces of housing to take place in the South. Building 8 is a free-living residential building that marks a large corner of the block. The corner of the building is rounded to soften its impact at the intersection of the Esplanade and the Cours Charlemagne. To allow for the most south exposure for the living spaces and terraces, the circulation core faces the courtyard to the north. The open air circulation creates a visual connection for residents with the courtyard that is shared by the whole block.

Why did you choose this category?: We consider a Collective Place as a space that promotes the consolidation and recreation of the community. The design of these three buildings in Lyon was a unique opportunity for us, to understand how a different culture lives, in comparison to our familiar Mexican domesticity. We consider this as a successful collective place because the new buildings have a large variety of scales and characters, from low rise housing, medium- rise construction to higher density residential buildings. The master plan also considers how to create an identity for this new neighborhood promoting the creation of plazas and squares, with vegetation and furniture to promote social harmony.