Villeurbanne-Lyon Arena – Gensler France

Villeurbanne-Lyon Arena Building, Gensler France, Tony Parker Academy

Villeurbanne-Lyon Arena

Sports Building Development, France – design by Gensler / Groupe-6

12 Sep 2011

Villeurbanne-Lyon Arena

Global Design Firm to Collaborate with French Architect Groupe-6 in Villeurbanne, France

Design: Gensler / Groupe-6

LOS ANGELES – Gensler is pleased to announce its selection by Société De Projet Salle Multifonction, S.A.S. (“SPSM”), as lead architect for the Villeurbanne-Lyon Arena project, a new 12,000-seat indoor multipurpose arena that includes the Tony Parker Academy, a training academy for promising young basketball players. This project is expected to open in Villeurbanne, France, in April 2015, and will anchor a broader mixed-use development that will include a public plaza, team practice facilities, a cultural hall and links to nearby transit.

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The project will be developed in partnership with the City of Villeurbanne, a suburb of France’s second-largest market, Lyon, and Grand Lyon, which is the regional government encompassing Lyon and several other major suburban communities. Grand Lyon is the fifth largest regional economic area in Europe.

Gensler’s collaborators on the project will include Groupe-6 as associate architect. Based in Grenoble, France, Group-6 has considerable experience in the development of public assembly facilities in France, and will play a key role collaborating with Gensler regarding design and regulatory matters.

“Our team at Gensler and associates at Groupe-6 are really excited about this project,” said Ron Turner, principal and leader of Gensler’s global sports practice. “The arena’s proximity to transit and its location in the heart of the Grand Lyon region is an ideal location for a venue of this magnitude. We are especially pleased by the input from the city and SPSM that this should be a modern, state-of-the-art venue that achieves the highest level of European standards.”

Villeurbanne-Lyon Arena image / information from Gensler


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