Large public facilities, housing, a park, a railway line, a channel for mooring barges... these are just some of the features of the new Confluence area in Lyon, the site chosen by Unibail-Rodamco to set up a shopping centre.
The project is structured around a large central mall open to the wind but protected from the elements by large ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) membrane cushions supported by a lightweight structure.
A pleasant space for users (wind simulations were carried out to be sure), designed to reduce energy consumption and use renewable energies.
At the heart of the new Confluence district in Lyon, on the banks of the Saône, is the first of a new generation of shopping centres designed to offer a range of lifestyle activities and services, with more than 23,000 sqm of shops, innovative branding, 25,000 sqm of recreational space, 17 restaurants, including nine with panoramic terraces, a climbing wall, a spa, a gym and a multiplex cinema.
Egis was responsible for fluid engineering, façades and project management as well as environmental engineering studies and BREEAM certification.
The Lyon Confluence Leisure and Retail Centre is the first in Europe to be certified BREEAM Very Good.
© Renaud Araud photographe - Jean-Paul Viguier & Associes