Musée des Confluences

    Lyon, France

    Photo Credits: © Gilles Framinet

    Sciences meet style in Lyon

    Atop a picturesque peninsula in Lyon, France, is a breathtaking building: the Musée des Confluences. Its crystalline structure, lit by inspiring illumination, provides an exhilarating experience for pedestrians visiting the exhibitions inside.


    The Musée des Confluences, which houses collections of earth sciences, anthropology, and natural sciences, was designed by Austrian architects Coop Himmelb(l)au. The museum is made up of three main pieces: the Crystal, the Cloud, and the Plinth, and this serves to divide the exhibition spaces. The Cloud constitutes the principal body of the museum, housing ten exhibition spaces. It was constructed to lead visitors on an enigmatic journey through the museum.

    LED technology provides general lighting elsewhere in the museum. Decoflood2 LED floodlights are mounted on the concrete walls and structural beams. The lights create a warm atmosphere in which visitors feel at ease and comfortable. Additionally, linear eW Cove QLX Powercore luminaires are discreetly integrated in the steel parapets of the stairs and bridges.The gravity well which is at the heart of the Crystal truly comes to life at night. It projects colored light out into the surrounding Crystal, emphasizing its inspiring architecture. This is achieved with ColorReach Powercore gen2 floodlights (now specified with ReachElite), which shine luxurious blue light at the Plinth and gravity well.

    Project credits


    Coop Himmelb(l)au & Partner



    Eiffage Energie


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