Located in the North-eastern entrance to Lyon, the project «La Cité internationale» (224,000 m2) integrates various facilities: offices, shops and cultural spaces, as well as a residential area with restaurants. A pedestrian main street, which is true backbone of this area, connects its various components. The Cité Internationale is at the very same location where the former International Fair of Lyon was based until 1984, which is when it was transferred to Chassieu when it became the Eurexpo. In this area, which would be empty otherwise, the City of Lyon decided to announce a public architectural tender, won by the Italian architect Renzo Piano. The landscaper chosen for this enterprise was Michel Corajoud, known for his conception of landscape as an element of improvement for buildings.

The Cité internationale was designed to be in harmony with its natural surroundings. Located between the Rhône and the Parc de la Tête d'Or, its buildings are arranged in an arc and follow the curve of the river (their roof line is reminiscent of the greenhouses in the park.)

This new neighborhood is strategically located, as it is 5 minutes away from the Part-Dieu T.G.V. station, 10 minutes from Bron Airport, and 20 minutes from Lyon Saint-Exupéry. In addition, its location is close to the North beltway, which allows quick access to the European and French network of freeways. Its location in the heart of the city makes it easy go to the other neighborhoods of Lyon.

Equipped with the latest technology, the new Lyon Conference Center has a vast space with panels for hosting international events.