The LUMA Foundation Project is a future cultural park, which will be located on the ‘Parc des Ateliers’ in Arles (South of France), formerly used by the railway industry. The project consists of the construction of a principal new building, refurbishment of various existing buildings as well as architectural landscaping of the entire zone.
The project focus is the new museum/exhibition building; a 10 storey tower, supported on a 2 to 3 storey plinth.
-Three sub-towers are joined at each level by a central slab. An eccentrically placed core provides the stability. Each of these sub-towers is covered by a striking façade of large metal ‘blocks’ (1m x 0.5m roughly), superposed to create an irregular geometry in elevation and in plan.
-The structural solution consists of a network of inclined tubular steel columns, carefully placed to allow the transfer of loads to foundations, whilst following the form of the façade.
-The project is based on a central plant which features energy efficient upgraded heat-pumps. One part of the electricity production is achieved via a rapeseed oil CHP unit, which also takes part in the heating/cooling production via intermediate of a heat exchanger and an absorption chiller. Room climate control is achieved via reversible radiant floors and double floor ventilation with optimised heat recovery between extracted and outside air. BMS operated natural ventilation is also part of the design and source of electricity saving.
-The project relies on multi-disciplinary 3D modelling.