The redevelopment of Lyon Part-Dieu, Europe’s biggest urban shopping centre, has begun in earnest with Dutch architect MVRDV starting work on the 166,000 square metres mall.
The design intends to open up the mall to neighbouring streets and will turn a segment of the existing car park into 32,000 square metres of additional retail space. The upper levels will have additional restaurants, parks and a cinema.
MVRDV will also add a glass and concrete façade and a green public roof to the mall.
Winy Maas, MVRDV co-founder, said: “At Lyon Part-Dieu, we draw this facade with big pixels which we hope will give a more human scale not just to the mall, but the whole site.
“In 2020, Lyon Part-Dieu will be both a place for everyday life and shopping, but also culture and relaxation in a reinvented setting.’’
MVRDV partners on the project include local architect SUD, BASE as the landscape designer, VP&Green as the façade consultant and Artelia and MEP as project managers.