To the south of the French city of Lyon, not far from the banks of the Rhône, a former industrial estate is developing rapidly. New housing and offices will give this part of the city an urban look.
Atrium Gerland, the regional employment office designed by SOHO architects, is also located in this area. It has a surface area of 8,500 m2 and nine floors built around a central atrium where staff can meet one another easily. The outer wall will be covered with 1,400 m2 of aluminium expanded metal, Oxygene 200. The resemblance to a silken veil is an allusion to the history of Lyon as a silk city.
The expanded metal panels were produced to size by Métal Déployé. The fine-mesh expanded metal acts as a sun screen and provides natural ventilation, reducing the energy consumption and CO2 emissions of the building to a minimum. In addition, the structure of the expanded metal gives the building a modern elegance that matches the architecture of the new area.