Ycone Calls Itself Lyon Icon

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December 3, 2019
Ycone building
Photo courtesy of AJN.
Architectural firm Ateliers Jean Nouvel (AJN) has designed Ycone (French for “Icon”), a 174-ft.-high, 16-story residential tower near the confluence of the Saône and Rhône rivers in Lyon, France. The building houses 92 apartments ranging from its 27 “social-sector” dwellings (discouraging class/income ghettos) to a luxury condo with a rooftop solarium and pool.

The façade is wood clad with aluminum panels. Two balconies, wrapping around all four of the tower’s elevations, are faced with white-lacquered aluminum frames. At the top is an 88-ton steel brise-soleil parapet that frames a rooftop garden.

Watch a time progression of its construction below.