Lyon Confluence 2, Place centrale

Lyon, France

Lyon Confluence 2, Place centrale

Lyon, France

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© Guillaume Leuregans
© Guillaume Leuregans
© Guillaume Leuregans
© Guillaume Leuregans
© Guillaume Leuregans
© Guillaume Leuregans
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Central Square is one of the major public spaces addressed in the Lyon Confluence 2 development project. Located on the axis with the inner harbor, the square comes to complete the configuration of Saône Park and forms a tree-filled twin to the nautical square of water. Of similar dimensions to Terreaux Square, Central Square falls within the tradition of Lyonnaise public squares, coming to embody one of the landmarks of the powerful network of Lyonnaise open spaces.

Central Square is characterized by an “elementary” composition, in which the rusticity of the materials used find their justification in a simple and rigorous arrangement. Across a vast and unified decomposed granite ground spread tall cherry and oak trees visible from the Saône riverbanks. Marked by a resolutely urban character, the square opens up onto the riverbank landscape. The inner harbor's north quay, with its double alignment of trees, extends up to the beginnings of the square, with the Saône landscape coming to penetrate into the density of the peninsula and the new neighborhood undergoing transformation.    

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Year:
2010 to 2014
Status:
Built
Program:
Public spaces
Client:

SPL Lyon Confluence

Project Team:

MDP Michel Desvigne Paysagiste
Herzog et de Meuron, Urbanist-Architect
Christian de Portzamparc, Architect
Cap vert, engineers

Area:

7 000 m (1,7 acres)