I-WAY by Cyrille Druart

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I-WAY by Cyrille Druart

This building in Lyon by Paris designer Cyrille Druart houses motor-racing simulators.

I-WAY by Cyrille Druart

Called I-WAY, the building also includes a spa, gym, bar and conference rooms.

I-WAY by Cyrille Druart

The main staircase wraps around a cylindrical wall sheltering the reception desk, then pierces the wall and sweeps across the space to an upper floor.

I-WAY by Cyrille Druart

The project was completed in 2008.

I-WAY by Cyrille Druart

Here's some more information from Druart:


I-WAY

Inaugurated in July 2008 in Lyon, France, I-WAY is an international first. This exclusive building is entirely dedicated to automobile simulations (simulator technology offering 6 degrees of freedom inspired by the aeronautics industry), providing the public with access for the first time to eighteen machines. Organised around 3 simulation zones (Formula 1, Endurance, Rally/Touring), the complex also includes numerous upscale areas for a global experience: fitness room, alcohol-free bar, bar/restaurant lounge with terraces, two conference rooms, meetings rooms and offices.

I-WAY by Cyrille Druart

Design and construction of I-WAY took 4 years, from an encounter with the project’s developer, to the recent opening of the building.

I-WAY by Cyrille Druart

The building has 3 levels. The main entrance is on the ground floor.

I-WAY by Cyrille Druart

The hall leads directly to the second floor via two glass lifts or a monumental glass staircase.

I-WAY by Cyrille Druart

Completely built in concrete, the entrance –a cylinder measuring 11 meters in diameter and 11 meters tall –contrasts with the ethereal staircase that sweeps across it.

I-WAY by Cyrille Druart

Once at the top, the visitor is enveloped in a softly lit environment and has access to several spaces.

I-WAY by Cyrille Druart

Shop: an international first, the I-WAY shop is made of carbon fibre, Corian and concrete. It offers luxury products from ranges such as Porsche Design, Tag Heuer, Sparco and Equipaggiamenti.

I-WAY by Cyrille Druart

White Bar: the ten-metre Corian bar offers alcohol-free beverages such as cocktails and fruit juice.

I-WAY by Cyrille Druart

Lounge bar: the bar consists in a 4-metre truncated cone in black Corian and a lounge/restaurant offering gourmet food. Two partially open garden terraces are also available year round.

I-WAY by Cyrille Druart

Conference rooms: featuring black Corian, white furniture and natural lighting, these rooms allow compa- nies to organise seminars related to the simulators and driving in general. I-WAY shows one of the highest concentration of Corian furnitures in the world. The rest of the mezzanine overlooks the simulation areas located on the lower level. Access to the first floor is therefore only possible via the upper level. There we can find the main activities of the building.

I-WAY by Cyrille Druart

Sports room: with its white entrance/reception bathed in light, the softly lit sports room has powerful concrete walls lined with high-tech equipment (Cybex). Also available: a fitness room, cycling room, water and juice bar also made of Corian.

I-WAY by Cyrille Druart

Spa: the spa offers saunas, hammams (in black mosaic tile for Men and white tile for Women), luminous ice fountains in a marble atmosphere, a massage room (with heated Corian tables designed exclusively for I-WAY) and changing rooms with Corian furnitures and glass lockers backpainted in black and white. .

I-WAY by Cyrille Druart

Three simulation areas: Formula 1, Endurance, Rally/Touring, are located at the heart of the building. Made up of empty concrete cubes, they showcase six simulators per zone with walkways providing access on either side.

I-WAY is located at 4/6 rue Jean Marcuit, in the 9th district of Lyon, France, in a new neighbourhood nicknamed the “digital hub”, on the banks of the Saône River.


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  • yrag

    Fit for a James Bond movie.

  • Amr

    nice lobby

  • octavio duran

    The best thing about this is, you can download a digital 70-page book from it, with info on the concept, construction specs, etc. http://www.cyrilledruart.com/data/iway/iway-livre
    I like their not being restrictive and letting others know more. for some it may be showing off (for there are only 2 projects on their website and a lot of pics about each). But i still think it's a cool thing to do.

  • t

    TESTOSTERONE!

  • smalltown

    wooowww!!… great photos… make me feel small…

  • Ben Schaffer

    insane…I just put a blog post on this http://www.bespokeventures.com/blog/2010/08/11/if