In Progress: Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au

Musée des Confluences / © Hubert Canet, Balloïde Photo

Architect:  COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky + Partner
Location: Lyon,
Client: Département du Rhône / Represented by SERL
Landscape Design: EGIS aménagement
Site Area: 20,975 m²
Net Floor Area: 26,700 m²
Gross Floor Area: 46,476 m²
Building Costs: EUR 150 Mio
Scheduled Completion: 2014


Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au © Hubert Canet, Balloïde Photo

The Musée des Confluences in Lyon, France, is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in 2014.  The museum is designed by COOP HIMMELB(L)AUin coordination with local architects and engineers.  The goal of the design is the development of a space that is at once a museum for accrued knowledge, a public space of discourse, and an urban leisure space.

Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au ©, Vienna

The building is hybrid of multiple typologies in an effort to align itself with the principles of the museum, which presents itself as a public place that provides access to the knowledge of our age.  The architects’ describe, “Innovations develop within inter-spaces, within indistinctness, within the overlapping and hybridizing. Questions regarding the future will be decided within transitional fields situated between technology, biology and ethics that are the central themes of the Musée des Confluences.”

Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au © Markus Pillhofer

The resulting architecture is a mutation of form, characterized by the hybridization of various programmatic functions and building typologies.  The different components combine to create the new shape of the museum, which is an extension of the park on the southern tip of the island on which the building is located.  The landscape of the interior and exterior consists of ramps and surfaces that transition between inside and outside, creating a dynamic sequence of spatial events. The various exhibition halls have unique spatial structures that can alternate and change the architecture to accommodate different events.

Section 02; © Coop Himmelb(l)au
Cite: Vinnitskaya, Irina. "In Progress: Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au" 19 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • JP McDaris

    In a 1950′s male radio announcers voice….. “This just in……another OVER priced OVER budget and OVER deadline building was brought to you by – COOP HIMMELB(L)AU ! YEAH!

  • RK

    I’m hoping for the day Wolf D. Prix stands in front of a camera and tells us this was all a joke. I just fear it may never come…

  • shankar

    buildings dont fly like a plane, nor do they zoom like rocket, they dont even float like ship or even speed like car- they just sit in a place to give shelter….do they then have to be so complex and so contrived and so costly….

  • wx

    a star ship…..