La Part-Dieu is the gateway to Lyon, and the 166,000m2 Part-Dieu mall is the largest downtown shopping center in France.
The mall has recently undergone a large-scale rejuvenation and extension, completed in November 2020. Originally designed in 1975 following the rise of American malls, the Part-Dieu shopping center's latest renovation was completed by Dutch architecture office MVRDV.
The redevelopment of the Part-Dieu commercial center is an opening act towards the city. The formerly enclosed block is peeled open and becomes a place for the public to inhabit.
The Ductal? high-performance envelope system contributed to bringing the Part-Dieu project to life. Nearly two-thousand Ductal? panels revitalized the fa?ade, elegantly reinventing the outdated model of imposing, introverted malls into open structures that interact with their surroundings.
Thanks to the exceptional mechanical properties of Ductal?, we were able to optimise the precast panels' thickness and lower the weight of the fa?ade.
For more than 25 years, Ductal? has been producing the most advanced range of Ultra High Performance Concrete technologies and services. Born from the desire to minimize material while maximizing performance, Ductal? stands for optimal strength, ductility, and durability. When used as main or secondary skins, Ductal?'s panels bend and adapt to the most complex shapes and aesthetic requirements while providing durable, high-impact resistance. They can help create decorative and protective fa?ade elements, latticework, perforated fa?ades, and urban furniture that bring innovation to life in a wide range of textures, finishes and colors.