The City of Arts is a vast complex dedicated to culture and art, and is open to the public seven days of the week. The high point of the building? A concrete cube rising to a height of more than 13 metres, entirely covered with a skin of clear Danpalon®. A naturally opalescent facade that comes to life both in the day and at night.
Lighting was directed towards the concrete building and not directly at the Danpalon® facade, causing it to act as a reflector which created a subdued nocturnal ambience.
A facade of 2,200 m²
The erection of the facade (metal framework and Danpalon® panels) was entrusted to B&M Structure who appointed a sub-contractor for the installation of the Danpalon® panels: 2,200m2 of façade in total. Fitting of the one-piece panels needed to take into account the slight tilt of the metal framework due to the parallelepiped shape of the concrete building (2 faces inclined at 20 degrees).
«Despite the challenge, the Danpalon® was easy to install and enabled us to deliver on time. The main benefit of the material is its ability to be installed in greater lengths, up to 12 metres as standard, which greatly simplifies the fitting on site», explains Vincent Pelcener, sub-contractor for B&M Structure.
We have named the building «The Lantern», explains Elisabeth Pacot, architect with Atelier Architectes andwere looking to create a building with a unique and original aesthetic.
Thanks to the design, we have broken up the rigorous and angular aspect of the concrete building and achieved a facade which gives multiple visual impressions depending on the time of day. During the day, the Clear Danpalon® creates a crystalline surface effect, while at night, it is sufficiently opalescent to diffuse the light perfectly, making the metallic support structure virtually invisible», concluded the architect. project leader at the site renamed Le Fanal by the City of Arts team.
Indeed, the building, built on an old industrial site at the heart of a popular district, comes alive at night illuminated by fluorescent lamps integrated into the facade. The focus of this vast complex is the main building, constructed from concrete in the form of a parallelepiped, and entirely covered with a facade of clear Danpalon® with a softlite anti-glare co-extrusion.
Specified for the French Overseas Territories.
The Danpalon® system has an installation specification allowing it to be employed in the French Overseas Territories for the following applications: cladding, roofing, façades and skylighting. The main constraints for use in these areas are the very strong sunlight (ultra-violet rays), cyclone winds (zone 5), tropical rains and the marine atmosphere.
The project identity
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