from now until july 9, 2017, the french city of lyon is hosting its inaugural architecture biennale. as part of the month-long event, paris-based practice laisné roussel has constructed the ‘flower pavilion’ — an inhabitable installation inspired by greenhouses and the vibrant vegetation they contain. inside the structure, a double spiral staircase leads visitors through a vertically organized garden to an observation platform designed for contemplation.


all images by giaime meloni © laisné roussel

 

 

erected on the banks of the river saône, laisné roussel’s playful pavilion seeks to dissolve the boundaries between interior and exterior space, and between the natural and built realms. the temporary building comprises a tubular steel structure that measures almost 12 meters (40 feet) in height. two non-functioning slides are attached to the pavilion, serving as densely populated planters. flowers hanging from the structure’s central core further enhance the bucolic environment.


the inhabitable installation is inspired by greenhouses and the vibrant vegetation they contain

 

 

the ‘flower pavilion’ was created alongside michel philippon for lyon’s  first-ever architecture biennale. the event unites architects, researchers, professors, students, and manufacturers who are invited to think, work, and debate together. the biennale runs from june 8 to july 9, 2017.


two non-functioning slides are attached to the pavilion, serving as densely populated planters


a double spiral staircase leads visitors through a vertically organized garden


the tubular steel structure measures almost 12 meters (40 feet) in height


flowers hanging from the structure’s central core further enhance the bucolic environment


lyon’s inaugural architecture biennale runs until july 9, 2017

 

 

project info:

 

name: the flower pavilion
location: biennale d’architecture of lyon, la sucrière – 49/50 quai rambaud, lyon
height: 11.9 meters
status: ongoing exhibition

 

architect: laisné roussel
project leader: dimitri roussel
team: victor deplus, julie siol, elena grajera romero, rohit nandha, adèle vibert
construction company: MTECH – marchegay
real-estate developer: pitch  promotion                                                                           
construction company: scob-bâtiment
construction company: SPCM

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