(Continuing our field trip...)
We stopped in Tours to see the Vinci Conference Center. This building took us back to 1993 when Jean Nouvel designed this structure-with-a-baseball-cap that overlooks a major intersection of the city.
I think this played a key role in the weekend to keep things balanced with the many "old" places we were visiting (churches, abbeys, cloisters, that sort of thing).
One of the interesting aspects of the building is that it hangs the interior assembly areas, and therefore provides column-free, multi-level interior spaces.
That shiny "ceiling" is actually the belly of a large auditorium. Kinda cool huh? And of course, more sketching:
More pics here.
And the field trip continues here...