Lyon is distinctive for its strong relationship between the natural and the built environment. Two rivers form a peninsula before they converge, and a chain of hills offers both a beautiful backdrop to the city and panoramic views overlooking it. Early settlers first occupied the safe hills in the west, later inhabiting the peninsula and spreading towards the eastern plain. Marshlands along the confluence of the Saône and the Rhône were reclaimed in the 19th century, but in the absence of mutual consent for a bold vision, the tip of the peninsula behind the Perrache train station became the city’s backyard, containing prisons, the wholesale market and prostitution.
In recent years, competitions led to a master plan for the western tip of the peninsula. Known as Lyon Confluence 1, it is now nearing completion. The Lyon Confluence 2 master plan covers the eastern tip of the peninsula, previously occupied by a wholesale market. This project, by Herzog
SPLA Lyon Confluence, Lyon, France
Arquitectos Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
Socios Partners: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Christine Binswanger (socio responsable partner in charge).
Equipo de proyecto Project team: Christoph Röttinger (asociado, director de proyecto associate, project director), Alexa Nürnberger (asociado, mánager de proyecto associate, project manager); Edyta Augustynowicz (tecnología digital digital technology), Caetano Braga da Costa de Bragança, Emi Jean Bryan, Aurélien Caetano, Delphine Camus, Grégoire Deberdt, Tomislav Dushanov (asociado associate), Mathilde Dutilleul, Chloé Eckert, Joris Jakob Fach, Marc-Achille Filhol, Hans Focketyn, Cristina Génova, Yann Gramegna, Nicolas Grosmond, Norman Peter Hack (tecnología digital digital technology), Christina Liao (animación animations), Osma Erik Lindroos, Aron Lorincz (visualizaciones visualizations), Antoine Meinnel, Carmo Montalvão, Steffen Riegas (tecnología digital digital technology), Sophie Shiraishi, Kai Strehlke (tecnología digital digital technology), Hans Sebastian von Bernuth
Herzog & de Meuron / MDP Michel Desvigne Paysagiste (consorcio consortium); MDP Michel Desvigne Paysagiste, CapVert Infra (paisajismo landscape design); Herzog & de Meuron (diseño urbanístico urban design)