Grand Parilly is lit up by the Soltis Touch Initial project

25 Feb 2021 by Serge Ferrari

The Grand Parilly district located in Vénissieux is an urban project in the Lyon metropolitan area designed to bring everyone living there together. The project's aim is to create a vibrant new district created by successfully interweaving shops, workplaces and leisure activities. 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.

SoltisTouch 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.

Nicolas Simian
Architect at Soho Atlas In Fine

"Light itself is invisible and can only be seen through the surfaces reflecting it.
The canvas blinds on the north facade provide a background. At night, they light up and give the four large urban windows a magical appearance."

Grand Parilly is lit up by the Soltis Touch Initial project

Grand Parilly is lit up by the Soltis Touch Initial project

Serge Ferrari
Serge Ferrari
The history and development of Serge Ferrari reflect the major challenges of the 21st century: Always proposing better with less material and less energy. In response to this challenge, Serge Ferrari creates, manufactures and distributes flexible composite materials, remaining at the cutting edge of innovation.Recognised and recommended by leading international architects, Serge Ferrari solutions contribute their light weight, low material density and efficiency to sustainable construction efforts. Our materials combine insulation, translucency, light weight, resistance and stability. Précontraint technology offers the best weight/performance ratio and dimensional stability over time, offering a solution to the natural resources challenge: do better with less and for longer.


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