Custom designed Soft Cells are used in the entrance hall at the Part Dieu metro station in Lyon. This caters to visitors to La Part Dieu, a major shopping centre in the city’s 3rd arrondissment.
The station gets very busy during peak hours. This, combined with the hard, shiny stone floor, meant an acoustic solution for creating a calmer, more peaceful atmosphere was needed.
150 specially designed Soft Cells Broadline panels hang from the ceiling. The panels, which are in orange and white, create a contrast with the shiny stone floor. They ensure a much more comfortable acoustic environment for metro-users.
Architects and design
Christophe Vergnaux CV2A Saguez & Partners
"We wanted to find a design, which was soft and welcoming, and avoid straight angles and hard materials. Though the round shapes that we wanted to create were not yet developed, Kvadrat Soft Cells said: 'Let’s see what we can do.' Then we got the first prototype made by the Design Director during a weekend in the middle of his holiday! We were astonished by the result."