LYON : Blandan park

Military history
Shared space
Ecological management
Urban park
Leisure facilities
Soil remediation

Client :
Le Grand Lyon

BASE mandatory
+ Explorations architecture
+ OGI + ON + CSD + Vrignaud

Lyon / Rhône
budget / 23 M€
surface / 17 ha
completion phase 1 / 2013
completion phase 2 / 2019

In the center of Lyon, on the old Blandan barracks built in 1830, a new 20 hectare public space opened to the public in 2013.

On this extraordinary site, long hidden from view Blandan Park offers a new urban contemporary alternative to classic public spaces in urban areas. It is site about memory and military history, urban renewal and the reconquest by plants and the appropriation of public space with sport and games.

Around the central fortifications, the ancient logic of defensive fronts and bastions is re-interpreted. There are new spaces to discover, places to escape t and meeting points; all organised around plains of moat, horticultural borders, ‘reconquest’ wild gardens, a parade ground and the gigantic playground the Ramparts’ Wave. Many elements of the design give rise to specific uses and typologies, in resonance with the site’s history.

Very open and function driven, sport and sustainability, this first phase offers exclusive, sportive and playful activities.

It also provides singular spaces where the uncultivated, abandoned land mingles with the historical remnants as well as with the specific yet inclusive new facilities (skate park, playground, sport fields..)

The parade ground has become a new 4 acre public square accessible 24/7. It has quickly became a new social theatre, a place to meet and gather. The Ramparts’ Wave reenacts a historical scene with kids playfully “attacking” the XIXth century fortifications. Unusual and visually striking, the impressive playground has been attracting families from all over the Greater Lyon area.

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