City Hall, built between 1646 and 1652 by Simon Maupin and Girard Desargues is one of Lyon’s grandest historic buildings. The interiors were completed in 1672 but destroyed in a fire two years later. Painstakingly restored by two Royal architects, Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Robert de Cotte between 1701 and 1703, the building has been listed as a historic monument since 1886.
Its inner courtyard, decorated with arches, opens onto a fountain providing a magical setting for the Festival of Lights.
Source: Lyon History Museum - Musées Gadagne
Thursday 5 and Sunday 8 from 7 pm to 11 pm
Friday 6 and Saturday 7 from 8 pm to midnight
When you enter the courtyard of City Hall, you are immediately plunged into a mysterious aquatic world. CozTen has taken inspiration from a Breton legend in which the city of Ys, like the lost island of Atlantis, was swallowed up by the sea. Emerald seaweed glistens on the façade while the features of the building are magnified in ocean blue. This undersea expedition is set to music by Enzo Issi under the watchful eye of the stone faces over the windows. At the far end of the courtyard, the fountain is concealed behind a glimmering curtain like the nymphaeum of a sacred spring.