The new office building called „Initial”, located between the new Ikea store and the site of the upcoming Leroy Merlin shop, was designed to represent this new district by means of its unique visibility from the Lyon ring road, used by 140,000 vehicles every day.
The 8,800 m² H-shaped building is characterised by its subtle composition of facades. The north facade, which can be seen from the ring road, is divided into four large asymmetrical urban windows, each with their own distinctive heights and angles to make individualised contributions to the whole. The resulting architectural volume gives the visual impression of four bodies springing up in a sparkling urban allegory. Lighting highlights the dynamism of this form by both day and night to make this building a powerful urban landmark for the newly designed neighbourhood.
Soltis Touch canvas blinds give a powerful presence to the illuminated scenography designed by the Soho Atlas In Fine agency's architects. The lighting is provided by LED strips embedded in the floor and positioned at the edge of the slab directly below the blinds. The Soltis Touch range's Jasmine coloured high solar reflection performance provides outstanding illumination of the facade. The LED lighting is programmed in long cycles (of 30 minutes) where the white intensity and temperature vary to create different moods throughout the evening.
The choice of Serge Ferrari interior blinds was essential to meet the specifications of promoter Fontanel and architecture agency Soho Atlas In Fine : the thermal performance of Soltis Touch earning much acclamation for this building, including "excellent" BREEAM certification. Furthermore, the Soltis Touch acoustic qualities will further contribute to occupants' overall comfort.
Serge Ferrari was also able to match the project's requirements by supplying particularly large-size blinds. Their various widths for covering both small and large windows in one piece bring rhythm to the interior space and the absence of visible welding, which was in line with the architect's desire to maintain aesthetic continuity throughout the project. All the blinds are motorized and rolled up in boxes fixed to the ceiling or wall. The preparation and installation were carried out by our partner customer Griesser.
» Architect: Nicolas Simian from Soho Atlas In Fine agency
» Installer: Griesser