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Benoît Bardet, directeur adjoint de la société Lyon Confluence © SPLA Lyon Confluence
Le petit port de la Confluence © SPLA Lyon Confluence
Au coeur du quartier de la Confluence © SPLA Lyon Confluence
Le cube vert qui accueillera Euronews © SPLA Lyon Confluence
© © SPLA Lyon Confluence
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Discovering the Confluence area

Benoît Bardet, assistant manager of Lyon Confluence

A former industrial port, Confluence is now Lyon's new trendy district. It boasts ultra-modern coloured cube-shaped buildings, an industrial pavilion restored to house a contemporary art centre, and a small revisited port: guided tour of the area.

What is the history of the Confluence area?

During the 19th century, this area was an industrial centre, with a port and railwaymen's workshops. This activity waned and the area was deserted until Raymond Barre decided to reinvest in the 1990s. The idea was to extend the town centre to accommodate housing and companies with a very modern style of architecture. After 15 years of work, the installation of a tramway and nearly 400,000 m2 of constructions, a new urban area has seen the light of day!

What is particular about the Confluence area?

The idea for this district was to combine very different types of architecture, while respecting the area's history. This has resulted in surprising and very colourful buildings, such as the orange and green cubes that cohabit with restored industrial sites such as  la Sucrière , which hosts contemporary art exhibitions.

Confluence  was also designed around the promenade area along the banks of the Saône: more than half its 40 hectares have been devoted to public spaces. And lastly, all buildings in the area are low consumption High Environmental Quality buildings..

What route would you suggest to someone who wanted to discover the site?

You can approach the area from the river via the river shuttle, to discover the architecture from a distance. Once on Antoine Riboud wharf, you can climb the stairs to the lovely Erevan garden, to enjoy a bucolic picnic amid modern buildings. You can then follow the river Saône down to the aquatic gardens, disembark on the Place Nautique, and cross the bridge to enjoy a spot of shopping in   the mall  that opens out onto the area. You can then pass in front of the orange cube, and the Salins du Midi, Customs and La Sucrière pavilions. On the rooftop of La Sucrière, you can stop to have a drink at  Le  Sucre  and enjoy the view over the river Saône. You can then proceed towards the green cube, and on under the last black building that overhangs the promenade. And finally, at the end of the peninsula, you can admire the lovely 360° view, and the new  musée des Confluences  in particular. 

What is in store for the area in the future?

Following completion of the Saône side, the former wholesale market district will be rehabilitated over a surface area of 400,000 m2. This area will be denser, but small squares will be created between the buildings. Colours will also be more classical, with different shades of white. Work began in 2012 and buildings should be ready by 2017.

www.lyon-confluence.fr

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