Cité du design

Architecture
LIN Finn Geipel Giulia Andi, Berlin/Germany & Paris/France

Planning time
2004 − 2005

Construction time
2005 − 2009

Services by Werner Sobek
Structural engineering
Facade engineering (WP 1 − 8 acc. to § 64 HOAI)

GFA
21,140 m²

Client
Métropole de St. Etienne/France

Photography
Jan-Oliver Kunze, Berlin/Germany

Awards
Prix Spécial de l’Equerre d’argent 2009
Auszeichnung zum Preis des deutschen Stahlbaus 2010
DAM Preis für Architektur 2010

The Cité du design is located on the site of a former weapons factory in St. Etienne/France. It consists on the one hand of existing buildings which will be renovated and restructured for their new purpose; on the other hand the Cité is made up of a huge building envelope, the so-called ‘platine’ (circuit board). It has a three-dimensional surface which can act as an adaptive building envelope. It can thus adapt to changing requirements in the interior (e.g. by a change in the transmissivity of light), and it also acts as a solar power plant capable of generating a major amount of its own energy supply.