"The effect of the facade of the Institut du Monde Arabe the is like a giant Islamic pierced screen, giving great significance and an audacious brilliance to this remarkable building. From the inside it is like looking into the light and seeing a "Stairway to heaven"."
Palais Bulles of Pierre Cardin
architect Antti Lovag
Architects: Michel Targe, Michel Wilmotte (1994)
Artist: Daniel Buren
Location: Lyon, France
This underground parking garage in the heart of the city of Lyon is a fun surprise. You can’t really see anything from the street, except for a small public park with an open square and a periscope in the center, inviting you to peer into it. The periscope looks underground, straight into the center of this 7-storey, underground well, around which the cars using the parking garage circulate.
At the bottom of the well is a rotating mirror on an angle, which creates an optical illusion as reflects the walls of the well.