Jean Nouvel : RBC Design Center

At the heart of the new Montpellier, in Port Marianne area, the RBC Design Center has opened its doors. Conceived by Franck Argentine and designed by Jean Nouvel in association with the agency C + D Architecture, the RBC Design Center is a place dedicated to design and culture, area of ​​inspiration for architects, designers and amateurs.

On almost 2 000 m2, the RBC Design Center invites visitors to browse its 9 levels devoted to different worlds of the house. It also offers a library of 4000 books, a shop dedicated to accessories that showcases the French edition and Mia restaurant run by Pascal Sanchez.

On architecture, Jean Nouvel says:

"From the outside it appears as a simple box, whose neutrality is soberly recorded a few keywords from punctuate the facades:.. Create, Dreaming, Reading, Cooking, Enlighten, Inhabiting All is said and nothing was revealed It to push the doors to see the opacity change into transparency, make room for the full space. "

On the place highlighting, Franck Argentine highlights:

"From the beginning of the project, I wanted to see Yann Kersalé intervene. He worked many times with Jean Nouvel (Lyon Opera, Quai Branly in Paris, Agbar Tower in Barcelona). We immediately heard. My desire was that the building be a signal that lives day and night. With his speech, the architectural work is revealed in a constantly changing appearance. She became a full-fledged expression of surface both mysterious, poetic and captivating. The effect will be even stronger when the water slide deployed on the par- screws of 6 000 m2 multiply its reflection. "

Photos: Erick Saillet

For more information, visit the website RBC, That of theJean Nouvel agency and that of theagency C + D Architecture.

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