La Part-Dieu


Lyon, France


Jacques Perrin-Fayolle, Jean Sillan and Jean Zumbrunnen, under the direction of Charles Delfante



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This experiment in new urbanism was conceived in the late 60s and built mostly in the early 70s by a group of architects largely under the influence of Le Corbusier and the late modernists of the time. It mixes office space, a transportation hub/train station, Lyon's largest shopping mall, performance art theater, a central food market, and residential towers. Typical of the period, it's a collection of concrete brutalist mid-rise and high-rise towers set back from the street, with expansive concrete plazas that are largely empty and somewhat disaffected.