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Gl Events Headquarters

Studio Odile Decq

Located at the confluence of the rivers Rhône and Saône on an isthmus oriented towards the hills of the city, the old industrial port of Lyon was finally closed in 1995. In 2005 the project “La Confluence” got underway to turn around this now derelict area and replace the former warehouses and deposits with a new urban district of offices, housing, retail, leisure facilities and public spaces in a quarter once out of bounds to Lyon’s citizens.
Although the industries and port no longer exist, the materials and colours of the new buildings that have sprung up in their place make a point of referencing the harsh, gritty atmosphere that once reigned here. The new headquarters of venue-and-event management company GL Events, designed by Odile Decq, takes as its cue from the heavy metal structures and gantry cranes that dotted the quays. The whole...

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