The Netherlands-based architecture and urban design firm MVRDV has unveiled its plan to revamp Part-Dieu shopping complex in Lyon, France, which would see the addition of an 'evaporating' facade, a rooftop park and other elements.
The transformed complex will feature new terraces and gardens.
The new complex will retain the original identity of the Part-Dieu shopping centre through the re-use and revitalisation of its iconic yet run-down façade, which will 'evaporate' as it touches the new glazed extensions that open up onto the street.
The project will have a mix of commercial, leisure and public space.
The lower levels of the complex will comprise retail spaces, whilst the upper levels will accomodate restaurants, parks and a cinema. There will also be several half-levels of parking.
MVRDV won the competition to design the Part-Dieu shopping centre in 2013.
To develop the design, it has been working as a team alongside project managers Artelia; co-architects SUD; Structural consultants VRD; engineering consultancy WSP and Y Ingénierie; economist Cyprium; and technical controllers Socotec.
MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas said: "The terraces turn the vast roofs of the shopping centre into open, green space in which the public can meet and relax; a quality that is currently missing in this area.
"By rearranging the programme, we create an urban platform that is somewhere between tranquil park and vibrant market square, recreating an atmosphere inspired by the Lyon river side."
This is MVRDV's second large scale shopping centre renovation project in Paris.
Image: The Part-Dieu shopping centre transformation will feature new terraces and gardens. Photo: courtesy of MVRDV