03 April 2015

INCITY — Lyon's Newest Skyscraper

Four years ago this month, when presenting Lyon's newest skyscraper, the Oxygen Tower (2010), I mentioned that the city also had plans to construct another in the Part-Dieu business district. You can read that post here.

I also promised to give an update on any new developments if I was still in Lyon. I am, and the new building is nearly finished. It's called INCITY, and in January of this year it passed up the Crédit Lyonnais building (165 m) to become the tallest in the city. When inaugurated this coming October, the tower's 39 floors will have reached a culminating height of 200 meters, offering clients 42,000 square meters of rentable office space.

According to the tower's website, the new skyscraper is the first downtown high-rise in any French city to boast the High Environmental Quality (HEQ) rating. A sustainable development design, it's a low-energy consumption building with solutions that allow for natural lighting, integrated ventilation openings and wind-powered energy production.

Here are some recent photos of the newest addition to the Lyonnais skyline. Click on each photo for a larger image.

From the Croix-Rousse on 1 February 2015.
The river in the bottom-right corner is the Rhône.

1 April 2015.
View from the same stairs as in the April 2011 post.

The last two photos were taken from the garden outside the Maison Villemanzy restaurant in the Croix-Rousse on 1 April 2015.

You can read more about the INCITY tower (French only) on the official website here.

Or go here for a nice write-up in English.

01 April 2015

Poisson d'Avril

Happy April Fools' Day!

In France, kids play jokes on people today by sticking a fish to someone's back then shouting Poisson d'Avril!.

If you want to know why, check out this explanation.

(image source: PublicDomainPicturesDomain.net - Eddie Fouse)