Architecture &

 Social side






An open air museum...

A social housing area open to visitors
The murals
The 1930's apartment

A social housing area open to visitors...
“Cité Tony Garnier”, a great piece of architecture, is an open air exhibition hall. The 49 buildings by Tony Garnier are an amazing example of his innovative ideas in the field of urban planning. It underlines the commitment of Edouard Herriot, then Mayor of Lyon, and Lyon municipality towards the construction of social housing for factory workers.

70 years later, the works of art designed by Cité de la Création symbolize the modernity of this quarter. In the streets, painted on the building walls, they compose the best ensemble of murals in Lyon.

The murals

In this unique place, 25 monumental murals introduce Tony Garnier’s works as well as the theme of the ideal city:

- 1 mural reproduces the atmosphere of Tony Garnier's home ;

- 12 murals introduce the Industrial City, major theoretical work by the architect, designed between 1901 and 1917 ;

- 4 murals present his main architectural works in Lyon: the halle Tony Garnier (Abattoir of la Mouche and cattle market), the Municipal Stadium of Gerland, theHospital of Grange Blanche and the social housing area "Les Etats-Unis" ;

- 6 murals are contemporary visions of the ideal city, designed by artists from the six continents (Youssouf Bath, Ivory Coast - Abdel Salam EID, Egypt - Matt Mullican, United States - The Warlis tribe, India - Marisa Lara and Arturo Guerrero, Mexico and Gregory Chestakov, Russia) ;

- The last 2 murals give directions.
At night, the murals are illuminated, giving a magic touch to the place!

The 1930’s apartment

The museum-apartment recreates the 1930's atmosphere of the flats in “Cité Tony Garnier”. It was fitted out in 1991, at the common initiative of “Cité Tony Garnier” Tenants' Committee and “OPAC du Grand Lyon”, the buildings' public owner. As a testimant to this period, it allows visitors to measure the importance of the rehabilitation works carried out from 1985 to 1997.

This worker's flat was decorated thanks to the items and memories of the inhabitants: from the colour of the walls to the interior design, the decoration and the choice of furniture.

All the objects exhibited have been given or lent by inhabitants.



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