As the first development sector, the banks of the Saône have been transformed into spaces with distinct identities to meet the needs of users. The area has been designed to reconnect the city and its inhabitants with the river and nature.


The banks of the Saône are a space for a breath of fresh air and animation in La Confluence. They have been designed to meet multiple urban uses, and offer a pleasant 2.5 km walkway from Perrache to the Musée des Confluences. Cycling is possible on the upper part of Quai Rambaud, along a two-way bicycle path. The lower quays are for pedestrians only. Children's playgrounds and sports facilities attract the general public: football pitches, basketball courts, skateboarding areas, boules pitches, a shared garden, etc.

The Banks of the Saône, a new walkway


The Denuzière quarter is emblematic of the urban connection between Perrache and the Place Nautique marina and is a model of social diversity. It is situated around two squares. Place Camille-Georges to the east, which continues with the Ravat walkway under the railway line to join Cours Charlemagne. Further west, Place Renée-Dufourt with its playground. A pleasant mineral, green space in the heart of this sustainable quarter. Around the squares, nine Confluence real estate projects have been built between 2012 and 2018:

  • "Lux" (J1a) by Constructa
  • "Esperluette" (J1b) by l'OPAC du Rhône 
  • "Affinity" (J2) by BNPParibas Immobilier
  • "Loges de Saône" (G) by Fontanel Immobilier
  • "K" by Nacarat
  • White" and "Résidétapes” by the Solendi Group
  • "Denuzière" (H2) by Les Nouveaux Constructeurs

  • “Odalys” (H3) by BDL


On the ground floor of the Loges de Saône, two innovative services are available to the inhabitants:


Following the tradition of large squares in Lyon, Place Nautique occupies four hectares. Two hectares of quays, concrete stepped seating and a two-hectare marina open to the Saône. This "dock" can also accommodate around thirty pleasure boats for a stopover. It was designed by urban designer François Grether and landscape architect Michel Desvigne and created by the Geneva team of architects Georges and Julien Descombes. Its welcoming atmosphere and generous size are designed for diverse and renewed uses.

“The traditional uses of public spaces will be completely shaken up, if only because the people of Lyon have not had, until now, quays that form a harmonious unit,"
according to Georges Descombes.

Place Nautique, an exceptional shipyard

To the south, the shopping and leisure centre was opened in 2012. To the northwest, the MJC Presqu'île-Confluence has moved into a wooden building. The first buildings constructed in the quarter are located on the quay:

  • "Saône Park" by Nexity-Appolonia
  • "Lyon Islands" by Bouwfonds-Marignan
  • "Le Monolithe" by ING - Atemi

A total of 676 housing units, 14,500m2 and around twenty ground floor premises were recognised by the European Commission as part of the Concerto programme, which promotes the High Environmental Quality of the blocks.

Further east, "Hikari," Lyon's first multi-purpose positive energy block, was built by Bouygues in cooperation with the Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) as part of the Lyon Smart Community partnership.


Quai Rambaud is a life-size testimony to Lyon Confluence's ability to rehabilitate heritage constructions. Here, the Sucrière, the Pavillon des Douanes, the Salins, and the dockmaster's office have been preserved and renovated. Today they host hundreds of employees and companies from the world of art, communication and media.  The renovated pavilions stand side by side with new, boldly-designed buildings: Odile Decq for the GL Events building, Jacob +MacFarlane for the Orange (Cardinal) and Green (Euronews) cubes and Rudy Ricciotti (Pavilion 52). What do they have in common? Each project featured an association between an architect and an artist.

The Docks also provide many public spaces for people to relax, eat and walk about, designed by the German landscape architect Tilman Latz. His goal: to preserve traces of the site's industrial past, such as unloading cranes or rails, and to reuse deconstruction materials in public spaces.