Contemporary, multi-purpose, rigorous... three words to describe the architecture of La Confluence. Each in their own way, architects have risen to the challenge of revitalising this neighbourhood, creating excitement and enhancing quality of life.
Designing the city for pedestrians. This approach has led Lyon Confluence to implement planning principles that encourage walking. The objective is to allow pleasant, uninterrupted and safe journeys that are conducive to quality of life in the city.
Combine housing, offices, shops, activities and facilities to create a lively neighbourhood. Offer housing that is accessible to all budgets to enable everyone to live here, regardless of their situation. These two principles defined the Lyon Confluence development project from the outset.
Perrache is the name of the station inaugurated in 1857. It is also the name of the town-planning engineer who first proposed a plan to redevelop the southern part of the peninsula in 1771. With the arrival of industrial, logistics and port activities, thousands of workers settled in the area around the Sainte-Blandine church. Today, Perrache - Sainte-Blandine has managed to preserve its identity and has opened up to the rest of the city.
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.
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.
Lyon Confluence encourages the neighbourhood's users to initiate projects that improve everyone's quality of life. Circular, social and solidarity-based economy, social links, etc. La Confluence supports citizen projects aimed at improving quality of life in a sustainable and solidarity-based city.
The neighbourhood is being developed for and with its users. This collaborative approach is a driving force behind Lyon Confluence. The objective: to better understand everyone's expectations, to encourage the participation of residents, employees, visitors and also the business community in the planning process.
La Confluence has the particularity of associating a historic neighbourhood with a vast sector accommodating new constructions and rehabilitation of heritage buildings, industrial, logistics and port constructions. To guide this transformation and achieve a seamless flow between the new and the old, three development sectors have been established.
La Confluence has been a successful gamble, in remaining faithful to demanding requirements throughout its development. Social diversity, architectural quality, environmental performance, user comfort and quality of life have always been guiding forces for Lyon Confluence. Not to mention the focus on innovation designed to serve the well-being of all users in the neighbourhood.
Following its history of port and logistics activity, La Confluence long remained an isolated neighbourhood, situated "behind the arches" of Perrache. In 2003, two centuries after its conquest of the waters, the district was reborn and took control of its destiny.