‘I-Way’ Futuristic Architecture that Provides a Feel Good Factor
A Unique Leisure Facility Designed by Cyrille Druart Architect of Paris
Opened in Lyon France in 2008 ‘I-Way’ is an up market leisure facility with a distinctly innovative twist. The futuristic architecture has been designed by architect Cyrille Druart to take visitors into a different experiential dimension in more ways than one. Creating a ‘feel good factor’ is paramount in the essence of this exciting building.
Lighting brings the Magic of this Futuristic Architecture to life
Housed within an apparently windowless shell the interior of this fabulous example of futuristic architecture is a visual treat. Designed to excite the senses and take visitors into a world away from their everyday lives. ‘I-Way’ has been purpose built to attract lovers of all things to do with motor racing the facility has been styled to house the primary attraction of 18 motor racing simulators. In addition the ambience offered in the bars, restaurants, gym, conference centre and spa facilities are extra special and a step above the normal expectations of a leisure centre.
The construction of the interior of ‘I-Way’ houses surprises at every turn and on every level. Vast lofty spaces are based on simple geometry but the transition from one zone of the building to another is full of complex twists and turners. Staircases appear suspended in an almost impossible way, arches corridors and landings are fitted together in a way that maximizes their sculptural appeal. The exciting and uniting factor is colored light.. Lighting becomes the primary form of decoration revealing and concealing depending on the location. In conjunction with a wealth of sleek and polished hi tech surfaces, colored light is manipulated to suit the purpose of the area. The lighting in the motor simulator hall is industrial and business like.
The illumination in the bars and restaurants varies from dark and intimate to light and fresh. Pool areas become blue lagoons and appear mystical and calming under the influence of moody blue lighting. Even the simple experience of passing through corridors and open spaces to get from one place to another becomes a visually rich adventure. The inventive use of led lights is maximized by the selection of contemporary surface materials. Reflective metals, transparent glass and semi transparent opalescent polymers have all been selected to maximize the stunning effect of the sublime illumination in this futuristic architecture.
‘I-Way’s Futuristic Architecture conceals a Leisure Oasis in the City
Formed from two plain rectilinear volumes, the exterior of this remarkable building is deceptively simple. The construction is a subtle indication that this is an inward looking place that focuses its main activities away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. The forms are powerful and seem impenetrable. The lack of emphasis on windows is symbolic of the fact that this is a building intended to takes people away from their everyday lives into a different kind of reality. A place to indulge fantasies of motor racing or more leisurely pursuits of being seriously pampered whilst embraced within this most life enhancing example of futuristic architecture.