Lyon Confluence / Jean-Paul Viguier et Associes

© Takuji Shimmura

Architects: Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés 
Location: ,
Developer: SEM Lyon Confluence
Completion: 2012
Surfaces: Hotel: 8,300 sqm – Leisure Center: 64,580 sqm (with Multiplex UGC) – Multiplex UGC: 10,000 sqm
Photographs: Takuji Shimmura


© Takuji Shimmura

‘The Commercial and Leisure Centre aims to be a landmark building for the new district of Lyon; the sign of a new era. The mixed-use development with its architectural roof and pavilions responds to this ambition. The design for the new centre was based on open, largely exterior pavilions with elevated terraces which stand out in the city and create a large naturally lit space’

© Takuji Shimmura

Jean-Paul Viguier conceived the project with a brief that extends beyond the ‘classic’ commercial centre in order to create a focal point for the city, up till now absent from this area of Lyon. Located on the edge of a basin linked to the river Saone, the building is immediately noticeable by its transparent roof, made up of cushions of air in ETFE polymer, which unify the site and create a recognisable feature for the project. The four levels of the building are juxtaposed together under this light-weight cover.

The impressive multiplex on the East façade overlooks the Cours Charlemagne and indicates the main entrance to the commercial centre. An ultra-slim transparent cover (a semi crystalline polymer which allows natural daylight to enter) offers transparency during the day and omits colourful waves of light at night. The incorporation of the existing railway line and the addition of a new landscaped basin linking the river Soane to the project, emphasises the complexity and poetry of the project.

© Takuji Shimmura

The Lyon Confluence Novotel Hotel fits into the overall development of the Commercial and Leisure Centre, situated in the heart of the ‘Lyon Confluence’ urban development. The floating volume of the hotel is organised on an L-shaped plan, integrated with the rest of the project, where each activity is clearly distinguished.

The multiplex is located on the main East façade along the Cours Charlemagne and signals the development to the city. It takes up the first two bays of the Leisure and Commercial Centre and is ‘superimposed’ on the commercial spaces. There are 14 screens with a total of 3480 seats. The entrance is situated on level 2. The hall, on level 2, is largely glazed and overlooks the shopping mall and the Cours Charlemagne.

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Cite: "Lyon Confluence / Jean-Paul Viguier et Associes" 08 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • Jason Jamilla

    I like the open roof structure.