Both a city and a landscape

Phase 2 takes in the dense urban district around the Marché in the north, the park scattered with residential blocks in the south called the Champ (the field), and the many links over the waterways connecting the area to the rest of the city. Its fundamentals are clustered around the key notion of sustainable centrality.


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Phase 2's urban redevelopment project was designed by Herzog & de Meuron and landscaper Michel Desvigne. It will be implemented by Gérard Penot's firm Atelier Ruelle and its urban morphology aims to form a balanced mixed-use programme and to facilitate human-powered transport. For this reason, in addition to the redevelopment of the Marché and Champ neighbourhoods, phase 2 also includes plans to create even more links to ensure ever-better connections between La Confluence and the rest of the city. In February 2014, the Raymond Barre bridge provided an extension to the tramway, connecting with the B metro line. The Girondins bridge will later link Gerland to La Confluence. Lastly, a new lateral urban route reserved for {human-powered transport} will span both the Rhone and the Saone rivers. 

A dense yet permeable neighbourhood in the north

The Marché neighbourhood represents 320,000 of the 420,000 sq. m. included in Phase 2. On site of the old wholesale market buildings, some of which have been preserved, Phase 2 is to create offices, homes, retail outlets, and public facilities around the François Mitterrand Esplanade, a new public space also bordering the Regional Government Headquarters. The first mixed-use construction began in 2015: Ynfluences square (block A3), which notably includes a very tall building (R+16), courtyard gardens, shared spaces and a day-care centre etc. Parking is to be limited to the outer limits of the buildings in order to keep the inner courtyards green. This will encourage revegetation to counter the urban heat island effect. Two shared car parks will provide the necessary parking spaces. The first is currently under construction.

Landscapes in the south

The Champ will prove to be an exceptional urban development. It is a park dotted with residential buildings set in an area defined by the two rivers bordering Lyon's Presqu'île district and it provides a natural and walker-friendly environment.  Its meandering landscape has a wealth of paths and walkways reserved for pedestrians and cyclists. The private plots bordering them will be generously planted and will host cultural, creative and innovative events and programmes. This includes the Totem space for Lyon French Tech, which will move into the Halle Girard building in 2017 (a former boiler-making factory) and a cultural incubator in the Hôtel 71 building, a unique programme in France. All of this is located next to the Musée des Confluences museum.




Surface area of Phase 2

28 000 sq. m.
Construction space in block A3



B2, sharing incarnated

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In December 2015, B2 was allotted to the developer OGIC in association with the Swiss architectural firm Diener und Diener Architekten, and Lyon architect Clément Vergély, with landscaper Michel Desvigne and the environmental design consultancy ETAMINE. It was the second construction to begin on the Rhone side of the project. It is located at the heart of the Marché neighbourhood alongside the François Mitterrand Esplanade, and by 2019 the block will house a mixed programme of five buildings covering 12,040 sq. m.  The programme, which integrates courtyard gardens, is fortunate in that it has been designed in collaboration with the housing sociologist Monique Eleb, specialised in the issues of apartment use. B2 will offer communal laundries, a bicycle shelter including a repair centre, and an additional room per housing unit that can be rented or bought to enlarge each apartment. The small office / home office (SOHO) principle is in play here, which enables an office to be added to a home.