Yellow Pulse is a commercial development in the ‘Porte des Alpes’ district in the south-east suburbs of Lyon, in an area targeted for urban renewal. Arte Charpentier were responsible for the refurbishment of a major shopping centre on the site involving the treatment of façades, the internal shopping gallery, and external landscaping, and are now involved on the design of a new commercial property as an extension of the existing buildings which will form the first of two phases of the Yellow Pulse development. The scheme will comprise retail outlets of small to medium size, an urban farm at roof level, a linear shopping concourse, or strip mall, with 4 medium-size outlets, and external landscaping including access to the roof terrace.
The new shopping centre, comprising boutiques and outlets of medium size arranged on two levels, and connected to the existing commercial premises, will form part of the new Yellow Pulse development. A central rotunda, the hub of the scheme with the ‘agora’ at ground level, interconnects all the elements of the programme and facilitates the circulation from the entrances to the upper level.
The façades corresponding to the entrances on the east and west sides are clad with full-height glazed curtain walling revealing the double-height ‘agora’ and shopping gallery inside. To the South, facing the footpath linking the entrances, the façades consist of finely corrugated grey metal panels overlaid with perforated light-grey panels creating an interplay of folds which intensifies closer to the entrances. On the north side, along the internal gallery, the façades are clad in brushed-aluminium panels.
The roof terrace adds another dimension going beyond the purely commercial activities of the site with a mixture of leisure and cultural activities and services, creating a breathing space in the urban context. One of these activities will be an urban farm set up and operated by Sous les Fraises, based on the model of the ‘jardin perché’, or hanging garden, at Caluire, another district of Lyon. Photovoltaic panels incorporated into sun canopies provide a certain autonomy of use and reduce the environmental impact of the scheme.
The strip mall will accommodate 4 stores of medium size, totalling 9200m² of floorspace. Its curving form echoes that of the shopping centre, and the series of perforated metal vertical fins animating its façade are orientated in the horizontal plane in certain locations to form an all-weather canopy. The 4-storey carpark for 2500 cars is organised in a curve around the shopping centre and connected to it by passageways which span the shopping gallery below.
– Client: Ceetrus
– Client Assistant: Artélia
– Architect team leader: arte charpentier architectes
– Landscape architect: arte charpentier architectes
– Lighting: loooM
– Accoustics: lasa
– Lift consultant: acceo
– Fire safety: axignis
Technical consultant: Groupe Quadriplus
– Building services – fluids: Katene (groupe quadriplus)
– Structural: cogeci (groupe quadriplus)
– Quantity surveyor: procoBat (groupe quadriplus)
– Civil engineering B ingénierie (groupe quadriplus)
– Title: Yellow Pulse
– Address: Bron et saint-priest – Métropôle de lyon
– Competition : 2012, winner
– Phase 1 programme: Creation of a shopping centre and a strip mall
– Floor area: 54 000 m²
– External areas: 75 000 m²
Photo credits: dr arte charpentier architectes