The point of departure
How can an exceptional architectural achievement be upgraded by attempting to satisfy the stakes of real estate value, rental management and urban dynamics?
In 1985, the Cité Tony Garnier was a large but forgotten mid-rise housing estate isolated from Lyon’s city centre. A huge refurbishment project was launched focused on the inhabitants and their desire to identify with the emblematic utopian architect Tony Garnier who masterminded this ambitious urban construction project alongside Edouard Herriot.
Action / result
Between 1988 and 1997, CitéCréation designed and produced 24 monumental murals that illustrate the spirit of the architect and urban planner Tony Garnier, who built the district in the 1920s. These monumental works painted on the facades of the refurbished buildings and perfectly integrated in the urban fabric, were designed jointly with the residents and a scientific committee.
This mural circuit has improved the performance of rental management in the district, boosted its commercial attraction and clearly illustrates the dynamism that can be achieved by public development.
Acclaimed by UNESCO, this circuit of painted murals has become a facility in the public interest. It continues to attract strong attention from the media and, in 2016, a new global refurbishment began in which the “modernisation” of the frescos is an integral part of the project.
Budget et Technique
Cost of the monumental mural design project:
- Consultation / Design / Production of 24 building murals (surface of 250 m²) produced over 5 years.
- €1.5 million ex. tax*.
The property in figures:
- 1,500 dwellings distributed in 45 listed buildings.
- 3,000 inhabitants.
- Timetable for the refurbishment: 8 years.
Technical characteristics of the painted facades:
* Excluding scaffolding, surface preparation, team facilities, site office with access to water.