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Odile Deck © Stéphane Cadoret
Musée gallo-romain de Fourvière © Michel Denance
Cellerier Confluence © Nicolas Villon
The Confluence district from the Saône © Nicolas Villon
RBC Lyon © Sabine Serrad
RBC Lyon © Sabine Serrad
The Croix-Rousse Market
The Confluence Institute (school of architecture) © Roland Halbe
Odile Deck © © Stéphane Cadoret
Musée gallo-romain de Fourvière © © Michel Denance
Cellerier Confluence © © Nicolas Villon
The Confluence district from the Saône © © Nicolas Villon
RBC Lyon © © Sabine Serrad
RBC Lyon © © Sabine Serrad
The Croix-Rousse Market © Only Lyon Tourisme et Congrès
The Confluence Institute (school of architecture) © © Roland Halbe

Odile Deck, Lyon is a true Metropolis

My Only Lyon

Odile Decq designs numerous buildings throughout the world. We have her to thank for the renovation of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome and the restaurant of the Opéra Garnier in Paris, for example. 

She has also received many prizes and awards. The latest among these is the Lifetime Achievement Award at the A+Awards held in New York on the 11th of May.

Meeting Odile Decq provides a boost of energy and optimism. Nothing is impossible for her. Internationally renowned, she travels the world to teach and spread her architectural approach. Reaching out to others, creating intercultural links, drawing inspiration from cities and people: all of these ingredients drive her creativity.

In 2013, she opened the Confluence Institute (a school of architecture). It is named after the district in which it is located, but the name also reflects a true coming together of cultures and talents.
Lyon was a clear choice of location.

What is your background with Lyon?

I’ve been coming to Lyon since the 1980s. I came to visit friends who lived in the Croix-Rousse district and I remember the market we used to go to together. Later, I had the opportunity to leave my architectural mark on the Confluence district with the creation of the headquarters of GL Events. I’ve therefore been able to witness the district’s development, which is unparalleled in Europe. One million square metres redesigned over the space of a few years – it’s incredible!

Why did you choose Lyon as the location for the Confluence Institute?

Paris could have been an obvious choice, but a number of factors led me to choose Lyon. Firstly, the very philosophy of the school, which distances itself from the traditional teaching of architecture. I want students to be open to the world, to have a less constrained approach, to enjoy truly international teaching – 75% of the teaching staff comes from abroad – and to adopt collaborative methods that are better suited to today’s world of work. So choosing a city other than Paris, a city that is in the heart of Europe, a city that is going places, and choosing a district that is a superb urban planning case study, was an opportunity to be seized. I also received remarkable support from the Mayor, whose involvement in the project surprised and encouraged me.

Is Lyon an asset on an international level?

I present the institute to people around the world, and when I talk about Lyon, people know the city. Above all, people like Lyon. That would certainly not have been the case a decade previously, but Lyon has opened itself up to the world, and that is exactly what I want for my students.

My Only Lyon 

The Musée Gallo-Romain

"I’ve always been impressed by this museum and its majesty.
I like showing it to people who come to visit us here."

Cellerier - Confluence
"I love great local produce and I love bringing back flavours from countries I visit, which bring back memories.
In Lyon, I’m lucky to have a selection of superb produce near the school with the shop Cellerier."

La Confluence from the Saône
"A river cruise offers a completely different perspective of the Confluence district."

RBC Boutique 
"They are our neighbours, but they really do have an excellent selection of furniture. A pleasure for all those who love beautiful designer items."

The Croix-Rousse Market
"Croix-Rousse market – memories of the 1980s and when I used to visit my friends."

The Architecture Institute « Confluence »
"I also wanted to open up Confluence to others. Educational establishments such as the Wagon, which trains developers, Supdemod which produces future stylists and the EFAP (school for press officers) come here for workshops or for longer projects. This enables us to build bridges between our professions.
The school is also a venue for events. The ground floor can be hired for private events and we welcome conferences, product launches and seminars in an environment that is naturally conducive to creativity."

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