OnlyLyon - No. 2016 : Press kit 2016




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The Saône Embankments

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By 2030, natural areas will make up 50% of the land in the Lyon urban area. Also noteworthy: 16,000 trees were planted over the space of 10 years in order to make the city more attractive.

Sustainable development in Lyon


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Lyon Part-Dieu was chosen as the pilot site for the European Transform program, which aims to encourage large European cities to switch to renewable sources of energy.

34 million

That’s the number of people who visit the Part Dieu shopping center each year. With 130,000 sq. meters, Part Dieu is the largest urban shopping center in Western Europe.


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The orange cube building at the Docks, noteworthy for its bold design by the Jakob + MacFarlane studio, has been joined by a green rectangle with an astonishing façade dreamt up by the same architects. This spacious new structure has recently become home to the 400 journalists at Euronews.

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Urban heritage in full transformation

In just a few years, Lyon has changed considerably. It is now more modern, more sustainable, more attractive and more dynamic... Lyon has renewed itself by creating new places at the cutting‑edge of innovation, but also by renovating neighbourhoods and historical monuments, which has made the city greener and more beautiful. It is simply a nicer place to live.

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After the success of the Rhône Embankments project completed nearly 10 years ago, which helped link the Lyon Confluence site to Parc de la Tête d’Or along the waterway, Lyon Metropole launched a program to redevelop the Saône Embankments, with the first kilometers now finalized. These two major programs have deeply changed the face of Lyon and have proven to be a great success with the people of the city all year round.

• The Saône Embankments
Lyon Metropole, in cooperation with landscape designers, architects and artists from around the world, aimed to create a gigantic promenade over a 50-km stretch along the banks of the Saône.

This unique project is based on a singular approach that combines local planning, artistic projects, protection and development of the area’s ora and fauna, and planting of new vegetation along the banks.

The first 15 kilometers of these new embankments were opened in summer 2013, spanning 14 towns and 5 districts of Lyon. The second phase will begin in 2016.

This first 15‑km promenade was conceived as a river movie where an entirely new landscape unveils itself along the water’s edge. The area, fully accessible to pedestrians, features original works by 13 artists from around the world.

Nestled in more urban or more bucolic settings along the promenade are works such as the sculpture in marble powder by Scandinavian artists Elmgreen and Dragset, the aquatic fireflies by Erik Samakh, the glass bead belvedere by Jean‑Michel Othoniel, the baroque sculpture by Pablo Reinoso, the stairway by Lang and Bauman, and the meteorite playscape by Gentil Garçon. The stretch is also home to the 6 works based on the leitmotif Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata was commissioned to illustrate.

These artworks lend a unique touch, enabling other connections with the site, an approach that at once sensitive and playful. Jérôme Sans, founder of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, was the artistic manager for this large‑scale project.

The “Presqu’Ile Terraces” site that has just been launched in the very heart of Lyon will round out the first phase of the project with 5 hectares of new green spaces. A group of companies led by architect Jean‑Michel Wilmotte has been commissioned to carry out the project. Delivery is scheduled for 2019.

Sustainable development in Lyon


Once home to Rabelais, the Hôtel‑Dieu is an architectural masterpiece of the Enlightenment and is classed as a historical monument. Located in the heart of Lyon, this building is set to be completely renovated by the Eiffage Group. The aim is to combine the prestigious past of the site while bringing it into the 21st century.

Hôtel‑Dieu aims to become a centerpiece of life in Lyon, for both inhabitants and tourists alike. Its 1,500 sq. m. of interior courtyards and gardens, transformed into spaces to get together and relax, will be opened to the public.

Throughout its history, Hôtel‑Dieu has always been a place for coming together and interacting. By opening up to the public, it is once again highlighting this facet of its identity.

In 2017, it will be home to a luxury hotel, of ces and shops, as well as to the Center for Gastronomy, (Cité de la Gastronomie) dedicated to gourmet food and the pleasures of dining. In coming years, Hôtel‑Dieu is expected to draw between 150,000 and 250,000 visitors annually.

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• The first major project: transforming the train station

Today on the verge of saturation, the Part‑Dieu train station will be entirely transformed by 2020. The main terminal will be completely redesigned, a 12th line will be created and the current shopping areas will be relocated.

Alongside this, the project calls for redevelopment of the area around the station, with the creation of a large open space, a renovated square lying between the station and the nearby shopping mall. In the longer term, a project for an underground train station is being considered.

• The second main focus: continuing to attract new companies, namely with the creation of a skyline

Today, Part‑Dieu is home to 1 million sq. m. of of ce space. The aim is to quickly reach 1.5 million sq. m., namely through a focus on verticality and urban intensity.

Thus, after the Oxygène Tower, located alongside the Part‑Dieu’s iconic “pencil”, the Incity Tower was built in 2015. This 200 m.-high skyscraper offers 40,000 sq. m. of of ce space. Within a few years, Lyon’s very own skyline will help to reshape the cityscape.

• The third challenge of this town planning project : offering the advantages of a neighborhood that is a pleasure to live in

While remaining a highly competitive business district, Lyon Part‑Dieu also aims to become a more pleasant, more user‑friendly neighborhood for those already living in the area’s 3,500 housing units, as well as for future occupants. The project calls for the creation of an additional 2,500 housing units.

Alongside this, green spaces will be created, entire streets will be renovated to better accommodate eco‑friendly means of transport and pedestrian walkways will link the neighborhood’s various central points. In all, 30 hectares of public space will be transformed.

The project is based on the concept of the “unified street level” that AUC’s planners have put at the heart of the project, in order to make the area easier to travel through, namely for pedestrians. This concept will be implemented all the way up to the roof of the Part‑Dieu shopping mall: currently used as a parking lot, it will be transformed into an immense rooftop terrace with an unobstructed view of the city.


A former industrial wasteland located in the heart of the city, Lyon‑Confluence held great potential for development. In 2002, the Lyon metropolitan area embarked on an ambitious project: to double the size of Lyon’s downtown area using this new land, in the process creating a modern, inventive, sustainable neighbourhood. The main goal is to imagine new ways of living in the city.

After an initial 41‑hectare phase that is today nearly completed, the challenge of building an innovative, sustainable neighborhood that is pleasant to live in has been met! The new cityscape features bold architecture by Jakob + MacFarlane (the orange cube), Odile Deck (Dark Point), Winy Maas and Kengo Kuma. This inventive neighborhood offering an excellent quality of life has attracted a number of companies and over 10,500 inhabitants.

Now, the second phase of the Lyon‑Confluence project has just been launched. Its design and construction has been entrusted to Swiss studio Herzog & de Meuron in cooperation with landscape architect Michel Desvigne.

On the program: development of the former wholesale market to build a housing complex, the creation of green spaces between the buildings, the setup of 420,000 sq. m. of new services and shops, and much more. This second phase will confirm the project’s architectural and urban planning ambition, continuing to call upon the world’s nest designers, architects and town planners to create the singular environment at phase 2 of Lyon Confluence: the site will be home to one‑of‑a‑kind architecture by Switzerland’s Christian Kerez, Mexico’s Tatiana Bilbao, France’s Rudy Ricciotti and other top names.

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