Cité du vin de Bordeaux
La Cité du Vin is a new museum and exhibition centre dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of the French wine industry. Situated at the junction of the Garonne river and Atlantic Ocean in Bordeaux, the centre aims to reinforce and celebrate France’s long heritage of wine making.
Architect X-TU Architects (Anouk Legendre & Nicolas Desmazières) Location Bordeaux - France Company involved Euramax Coated Products - Alucoil Website www.euramax.eu - www.alucoil.com/europe
The regeneration of the Belgian steel town of Seraing, on the outskirts of Liège, began more than 10 years ago. Among the most striking of buildings to herald the municipality’s metamorphosis is the L’Orangerie, a rectilinear golden filigree-clad building occupied by CMI (Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie) and constructed by Willemen Groep company Franki.
Architect Reichen et Robert & Associés Location Seraing - Belgium Company involved Novelis - CMI - Metal Yapi Website www.novelis.com
Crown Metropol Hotel
Dark aluminium fins on the facade of the Crown Metropol Hotel in Melbourne, Australia play a vital but subtle role in giving a sense of excitement to a building that has to fit in a complex environment and also help define that environment. The sinuous 28-storey hotel is one of three on the city’s relatively new Crown Entertainment Complex. Sitting to one side of the complex, and linking to the entertainment facility and also to a congress centre, on one side it overlooks a relatively rundown area of small industry, ripe for regeneration.
Architect Bates Smart Location Melbourne - Australia Company involved 3A Composites (ALUCOBOND®) Website www.alucobond.com