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Valode & Pistre, AIA design tallest skyscraper in Lyon
French architecture firm Valode & Pistre and AIA Architectes has designed a new office project named as Incity Tower in Lyon, France which is touted as the tallest building in Lyon.
Being built for Sogelym Dixence, the Incity Tower is estimated to cost €124 million ($166 million). Its metal spire will reach a height of 200 metres, making it taller than The Pencil in Part-Dieu, currently the tallest building in the city.
Replacing the old UAP tower, the new tower will form part of the transformation of the Part-Dieu business district in Lyon, the second largest in France. Set on 44,145 square metre of floor space, the Incity Tower will be a 40-storied skyscraper, which will accommodate around 2,700 employees.
Designed according to the sustainable principles, the Incity Tower, encouraging good airflow, will feature a thin double-skin facade that includes internal double glazing and external single glazing. The wide glazed facade will allow natural daylight to enter and limit the need for artificial light.
Incorporating various comfort elements in its design, the building will feature lounge areas and an elevator system in which two cabins operate one above the other in the same shaft. This will improve the flow of people in the building without interruption.
The building will consume less than 90 kWhPE/m²/year, as compared to between 300 and 800 kWhPE/m²/year for the previous generation of office towers. This will be the first tower in Lyon to be awarded the BBC (2) label, and it will also be seeking double certification (HQE (2) and BREEAM (2) Excellent).
France-based GFC Construction and Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France, two subsidiaries of Bouygues Construction will develop the project. Construction will last more than 32 months, with handover scheduled for late 2015.
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