“Les Noirettes” Murals VAULX-EN- VELIN


On the occasion of the thermal refurbishment of its properties in the Noirettes district of Vaulx-en- Velin, Est Métropole Habitat wanted to combine a technical response with a significant embellishment of the facades and the entrances to the buildings.


The human adventure of the Noirettes murals

Now, more than 80% of the tenants feel good, more secure and have good relations with their neighbours. The site is clean once again and festive events have returned. They have become proud of their neighbourhood.
Saïda Righi
Building Manager, Est Métropole Habitat 
Contracting owner : Est Métropole Habitat.
Place : Chemin de la Ferme - 69120 Vaulx-en-velin / France.
Contracting owner : Est Métropole Habitat.
Place : Chemin de la Ferme - 69120 Vaulx-en-velin / France.
Contracting owner : Est Métropole Habitat.
Place : Chemin de la Ferme - 69120 Vaulx-en-velin / France.

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The point of departure

Built at the beginning of the 1970s, the social housing of Noirettes is composed of very wide mid-rise buildings of 8 to 10 floors. These massive buildings suffer from a major limitation: monolithic facades whose entrances are not easily discernible.

Action / result

The residents were able to regain possession of their habitat in the framework of in-depth consultation on the joint creation of a stylised graphic creation. Their involvement in their neighbourhood became more dynamic. Its image, fuelled by the pride of its inhabitants, appeared transformed in the eyes of visitors.
Satisfaction among the tenants increased by 20% to reach 80% and tenant turnover fell by a factor of 8.
This major participatory adventure over a period of 2 years was punctuated by several significant events with the tenants: visits to murals in Lyon and Chartres, the joint creation of mock-ups with CitéCréation, their presentation, and the inauguration. The negative image of the Noirettes district has completely disappeared, replaced by the pride of the local population and positive opinions, marked with colours, energy and humanity. The Noirettes murals are now part of the much visited circuit of Lyon’s mural paintings.
Thanks to the fantastic mobilisation of more than 200 tenants who spontaneously joined this project and then became proud ambassadors, these mural works are the proof of formidable collective energy.

The actors of the project

  • Contracting owner: Est Métropole Habitat.
  • Project manager: CitéCréation.
  • Partners: Auvergne Rhone-Alps Region, Municipality of Vaulx-en- Velin, GPV, Seigneurie paints, ASUR Architectes, the surfacing company SEPT and the tenants.

Budget et Technique

Cost of the monumental mural design project:

  • Project coordination/ Design / Production of the overall design.
  • €300 K ex. tax*.

The property in figures:

  • 256 dwellings.
  • 3 buildings.
  • Timetable for carrying out the project: 2 years.

Technical characteristics of the painted facades:

  • ETI polystyrene.

*Excluding scaffolding, surface preparation, team facilities, site office with access to water.