The second phase of the development, the Rhône side of La Confluence, is structured around the Market and Le Champ quarters, which are well linked to the city. Quality, diversity and innovation are the key words of the design work by Herzog & de Meuron and Michel Desvigne.


Located on the perimeter of the former wholesale market transferred to Corbas in 2009, the Market quarter stretches from Cours Charlemagne to the Rhône, between Rue Casimir Périer and the future Transversal.

The first operation, "Ynfluences Square" (A3), was inaugurated in 2018. It is emblematic of the architectural style of the Rhône side. A former wholesale market hall reconverted into sports facilities completes the construction of eight new and mixed-use buildings covering 28,000 m2.  In addition to the 234 open-market and social housing units, there are 9,000 m2 of office space and more than ten commercial units on the ground floor. The architecture by the five teams is homogeneous. With a variety of heights (from 2 to 16 floors), a white colour scheme for the facades, a mix of new and old, "Ynfluences Square", also a shared garden at the heart of the block and innovative services (guest rooms shared by residents, sports hall, etc.) and connection to the urban heating network. Some residents have a parking space in the nearby "Marché Gare" shared car park. The Market Quarter meets demanding requirements.

Maény creation to follow :

  • "Ydeal" which focuses on self-supply of energy in La Confluence and the use of mudbrick, by OGIC  
  • "Cap Sud" mixing social rentals and subsidised ownership, by Rhône Saône Habitat
  • "Sollys" under the banner of innovation and collaborative housing, by Bouygues Immobilier
  • "Albizzia" he first block made out of wood, by UTEI and Woodeum
  • "Lumen, la cité de la lumière"


Sollys by its architects

The Market quarter combines new buildings and renovated old market halls. For example, the flower market hall has been converted into a municipal sports hall and another market hall will become a school with 15 classes. Public pedestrian crossings and garden courtyards will give this neighbourhood a peaceful atmosphere. A city designed for green modes of transport without banning the car, everything’s on the move at La Confluence.


Le Champ will eventually be a vast wooded inhabited area in the city centre that will host creative industries and a residence for researchers. It is a demonstration of the sustainable city through innovative experimentation: use of 100% recycled concrete from the circular economy, transformation of sterile soil into fertile soil, involvement of the general public, etc.

Le Champ, fertile ground for experimentation

The type of vegetation was chosen for its ability to adapt to global warming and to attract insects. Special attention has been paid to carefully selected species of pollinators, herbivores and detritivores, all of which play a strategic role in the development of biodiversity. Their presence is encouraged by creating hibernacula, and letting grass grow high.

Le Champ is also taking a social innovation approach, encouraging participation by the general public. Residents are invited to get involved with the site and to understand its transformation thanks to an experimental shared space: La Station Mue.


La Confluence has been linked to the Gerland quarter by two major engineering structures: the Pasteur road bridge and the Raymond Barre Bridge reserved for green modes of transport, since 2014. The T1 tram line on this bridge connects La Confluence to Gerland and Oullins (Debourg station, metro line B). 

The Lyon Confluence project plans to add a bridge and two footbridges to the area. The Girondins Bridge will link La Confluence to Lyon’s 7th district on the left bank of the Rhône. It will be built on a redeveloped Perrache quay following the transformation of the A6/A7 motorway into an urban boulevard.

The pedestrian footbridges over the Rhône and Saône rivers are connected via the Transversale walkway, a pleasant transition between the Market quarter and Le Champ.