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Musée des Confluences

Coop Himmelb(l)au

The French city of Lyon has been shaped by the rivers Rhône and Saône, which course through it. Once a bustling industrial port, the seedy neighbourhood on the peninsula formed at the confluence of the rivers is now in the process of becoming a new residential, retail and business district.
Designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au, the aptly named Musée des Confluences is a central feature of the revitalization process on account of its location on the triangular isthmus of land between the two rivers, and for its functional programme.
The project was adjudicated the contract in 2001 but construction started only in 2010.  Conceived as a museum of technology, biology and ethics, the building aims to be more than a mere container of exhibits, rather a place for experiencing knowledge where information is made accessible to a broad public audience.
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