La Confluence

The new quarter La Confluence covering 150 hectares in Lyon, France, is located where the two rivers Rhône and Saône meet. It is situated next to the centre of the city within the second "arrondissement“ (district) and is planned to become a living area for around 16.000 inhabitants.

About 25 years ago the city of Lyon announced an urban planning contest concerning the reconstruction of the area. The new concept is a great experiment planned to be finished in 2025: La Confluence is going to be the first entirely new quarter in the centre of a town in Europe of this dimension that unifies social housings, offices, stores, green spaces, university buildings and leisure facilities– all of this based on a concept of energy-efficiency. An eco-city of its own, a young, cutting-edge, energy-efficient form of architecture. There is a small number of existing historical buildings that are being renovated and responded to by the modern architecture. The name "La Confluence" therefore not only corresponds to the connection of the two rivers. It also refers to the intention of combining ecological living, social arrangements, different styles of architecture and progressive urban-planning.

The photographs of this series are taken between 2014 and 2017. I am especially interested in this certain period of time when the constructions are already advanced, partly even completed but the whole quarter is still far from being finished. The new buildings look unused, their fronts polished and the whole neighborhood still appears very artificial and clean. La Confluence is like a stage setting where the very few people are acting like extras.

All the 36 photographs are combined in a photobook: www.mariehoffmann.net/album...