The city of Saint-Etienne, which has been recognized by Unesco, has turned design into a genuine hallmark. The installation of STEEL, an exceptional shopping center conceived of by Apsys, creator of iconic places, on the joint development zone of the Pont de l’Âne-Monthieu, is a perfect example.
In order to promote the emergence of a global approach, Apsys called upon the design studio of Joran Briand Associés to design the framework that will cover 30,000m2 of the shopping park.
Made entirely of aluminum for its physical properties – weatherproof, infinitely recyclable – and aesthetic properties – lightweight, ages well – the mantilla covering the shopping park was developed in a simple graphic language. Covering 30,000m2, the basic modules are assembled on orthogonal grids according to several degrees of density, and then affixed to the building. This method allows for a variation in light density according to the needs of different zones throughout the building, and helps to avoid excessive graphic and architectural monotony.
More than a building, this emblematic architectural symbol represents the future project in which Saint-Etienne is engaged.
Sud Architectes x Atelier Rivat x Base
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