Program: 102 shops, catering, services, leasure UGC Multiplex: 14 cinema auditoriums, 3 480 sits 1 Novotel hotel NEXT of 150 bedrooms approximately 1 500 parking places
This project is part of the upgrade of the Confluence area in Lyon, so named because it stands on a promontory between the Saône and Rhône rivers. It is a shopping and leisure centre, slated to be the motor of the future area.
The set of low buildings fronts the river embankment and a mooring basin, rising on a base that houses two levels of retailing activities. Play and leisure facilities – bowling alley, rollerdome, adventure park, climbing wall, kart track and multiplex cinema with 14 auditoriums – are contained in purpose - designed volumes most of which are on third level open terraces under the roof.
The gigantic roof, which develops in soft cushion curves and is carried by slender stainless steel posts, is the federating element that structures the entire site. It is made of transparent polyethylene pouches laid in strips in slightly arched array. The strips are delicately coloured and have soft rainbow hues, day and night.
The traditional arrangement of shopping malls has been reinterpreted to provide links with the mooring basin.