Official inauguration of new university hub in Lyon
In a ceremonial act, the new “Pôle universitaire” is inaugurated on September 30, 2016 by the Minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the Prefect of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, Michel Delpuech, Lyon's Mayor, Gérard Collomb, the president of Lyon metropolis, Yannick Neuder, and the president of Lyon University, Khaled Bouabdallah.
During the opening tour, Philipp Auer and Christophe Damian, from French partner practice, Arodie Damian, present the concept on the architectural model: The individual elements of the university complex, the university administration, the Institute of Technology, a cafeteria, and a students’ home, are grouped around a landscaped inner yard. In this way, the characteristic Lyonnais perimeter form is perpetuated, interrupted only by a volume above the main entrance projecting from the façade. With its terraces and steps to sit on, the inner yard of the block works as an open forum encouraging communication among the institutes.