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Winner Category 5: Special Projects / Nemetschek Engineering User Contest 2011

Confluences Museum Lyon, France Tractebel Engineering The Confluences Museum is located on an exceptional site at the junction of 2 rivers. From this particular scenery, architects have imagined two complexly connected architectural units. The first one, the crystal, is a steel and glass entrance structure. This rising crystal connects to the second unit, the cloud. The cloud is also a steel structure, which leans only on three major concrete supports, named “piles” and 12 concrete columns. Moreover, in contrast with the crystal, the cloud is covered by a stainless metal cladding. These two units are positioned on a structurally independent, two-storeyed building in reinforced concrete.