Lyon's Unique Underground Car Park
Written by David Eaves   
Wednesday, 08 July 2009 11:25

Situated outside the Théâtre des Célestins in Lyon, in a newly renovated square by the name of Place des Célestins, is an inverted periscope which offers a unique view of what is usually a very mundane facility.


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What you're seeing as you peek through the viewfinder is an empty well which forms the centre of the square's underground, multi-storey car park. To make matters even more interesting an enormous, tilted, circular mirror slowly rotates at the bottom of the cylinder, resulting in a constantly shifting and initially confusing spectacle. Here's the mirror in action, from two different viewpoints...

Célestins Parking - Lyon from House42 on Vimeo.

Célestins Parking - Lyon from House42 on Vimeo.

The car park's interior was designed by Wilmotte & Associates, the mirror by Daniel Buren.

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