The Challenge of a Metropolitan City
For centuries at the crossroads between French and Flemish cultures and a major industrial and trading hub, the French city of Lille has a long and important history. Located at the center of the triangle formed by Paris, Brussels and London, this capital of France’s Département du Nord was catapulted to contemporary architectural status in 1989 when the extension of the European high speed rail network led to the building of Euralille, the business district designed by OMA that revolutionized the city and gave renewed importance to a section of the old town that had been
cut-off from the mainstream, first by the demolition of the imposing city walls designed by Vauban, and then by the arrival of the railway line. Lille tackled and solved the problem of its disjointed layout, developing into a metropolitan city that thinks big.
This same can-do mindset...