In Progress: Musée des Confluences / COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

In Progress: Musée des Confluences / COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

© Hubert Canet, Balloïde© Hubert Canet, BalloïdeCourtesy of COOP HIMMELB(L)AUCourtesy of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU+ 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lyon, France
  • Architect in Charge

    COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky + Partner
  • Design Principal

    Wolf D. Prix
  • Project Partner

    Markus Prossnigg
  • Project Architects

    Mona Bayr, Angus Schoenberger
  • Project Coordination

    Thomas Margaretha, Peter Grell
  • Local Architect, Planning

    Patriarche & Co, Chambéry/Lyon, France
  • Area

    46476.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

    Courtesy of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Hubert Canet, Balloïde
  • Project Team Vienna

    Christopher Beccone, Guy Bébié, Lorenz Bürgi, Wolfgang Fiel, Kai Hellat, Robert Haranza, Alex Jackson, Georg Kolmayr, Daniel Kerbler, Lucas Kulnig, Andreas Mieling, Marianna Milioni, Andrea Schöning, Mario Schwary, Markus Schwarz, Oliver Tessmann, Dionicio Valdez, Philipp Vogt, Markus Wings, Tom Wiscombe, Christoph Ziegler, Jutta Schädler
  • Project Team Lyon

    Francois Texier, Philippe Folliasson, Etienne Champenois, Alexandru Gheorghe, Niels Hiller, Emanuele Iacono, Pierre-Yves Six
  • Execution

    MESA Workshop, Lyon, France
  • Project Managerment

    Chabanne & Partenaires, Lyon, France
  • Construction Survey Lyon

    Jean Pierre Debray
  • Costs

    Mazet & Associés, Paris, France CUBIC, Lyon, France
  • Structural Engineering (Design)

    B+G Ingenieure, Bollinger und Grohmann GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Structural Engineering (Executive)

    Coyne et Bellier, Lyon, France VS_A, Lille, France
  • HVAC

    ITEE-Fluides, Arnas, France
  • Security Fire Consultation

    Cabinet Casso & Cie, Paris, France
  • Acoustics

    Cabinet Lamoureux, Paris, France
  • Media Consulation

    Cabinet Labeyrie, Paris, France
  • Lighting Consultation

    Har Hollands, Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Landscape Design

    EGIS aménagement, Lyon, France
  • Scheduled Completion

  • Site Area

    20975 sqm
  • Net Floor Area

    26700 sqm
  • Gross Floor Area

    46476 sqm
  • Building Costs

    EUR 150 Mio
  • Frequence of Visitors

    500.000 visitors per year

Crystal Cloud of Knowledge

The future society will be a society of knowledge. However this knowledge can hardly be split into clearly defined fields.

Innovations develop within interspaces, within indistinctness, within the overlapping and hybridising. 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.

© Hubert Canet, Balloïde
© Hubert Canet, Balloïde

Mutations of form, penetrations, deformations, simultaneities, breakdowns and variabilities have an effect on architecture. The resulting architecture is characterised by the interactions, the fusion and mutation of different entities constituting a new shape.

The Musée des Confluences does not consider itself as an exclusive temple for the intellectual bourgeoisie but as a public place providing access to the knowledge of our age.


Stimulating a direct and active use, it is not only a museum site but also a venue in town. The architecture hybridises the typology of a museum with the typology of an urban leisure space.

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Level 0.0

Hard Space – Soft Space

The concept of two complexly connected architectural units are a result of the striking interface-like situation of the building site.


The crystal rising towards the side of the town is conceived as an urban forum and entrance hall for visitors. Its shape that can be read clearly stands for the everyday world. In contrast to this the cloud hides the knowledge about the future; it is a soft space of hidden streams and countless transitions.

© Hubert Canet, Balloïde
© Hubert Canet, Balloïde

Within the Musée des Confluences the present and the future, the known and the still unknown are conceived as a spatial arrangement trying to “spur public curiosity”. As an extension of the park located on the Southern top of the island a new urban space formulates itself; a landscape consisting of ramps and surfaces merging the inside and the outside and resulting in a dynamic sequence of spatial events.

© Hubert Canet, Balloïde
© Hubert Canet, Balloïde

This movement is also followed by the alternating spatial structure of the exhibition halls. Closed Black Boxes and free exhibition areas alternate by exploiting the double room height of two levels. The architecture is as changeable as the content entrusted.

The idea of the permanent reinvention of an urban event enables Lyon to perfectly position itself within a regional as well as within a global context.

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Cite: Cristian Aguilar. "In Progress: Musée des Confluences / COOP HIMMELB(L)AU " 02 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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