© Michel Rémon & Associés, architecte mandataire / Sergio Grazia, photographe

EDOUARD HERRIOT HOSPITAL

CONSTRUCTION OF A CENTRAL BUILDING RESPONDING TO CONTEMPORARY HOSPITAL ISSUES

At the start of the 20th century, the city of Lyon had to increase its hospital capacity to meet the needs of the population. At that time, the mayor of Lyon, Edouard Herriot, asked the architect Tony Garnier to create the blueprints for the project. In 1933, a veritable "garden-city for the ill" was inaugurated in the heart of the city. Designed in suburban fashion, the hospital covers 156,000 square meters, with open, sunny, and flowered spaces, as well as a whole network of underground galleries in the service of healthcare.

The challenge of this project was to meet the new needs of the Lyon population, in particular regarding the evolution of pathologies, the aging of the population, and the changes in treatment methods. As the central pavilion no longer conformed to the contemporary working conditions of the professionals and to the comfort of the patients, the Lyon Civil Hospitals (HCL) and the Ministry of Culture agreed to demolish it in order to build a new structure better equipped to meet current hospital needs. This was to be integrated into the Grange Blanche site while safeguarding the cultural heritage of Tony Garnier.

© Michel Rémon & Associés, architecte mandataire / Sergio Grazia, photographe
© Michel Rémon & Associés, architecte mandataire / Sergio Grazia, photographe

The new H pavilion has modernized the hospital, without taking away from the existing urban landscape of Tony Garnier.

The new H building, whose operation was designed by Michel Rémon & Associates, constitutes a unique technical platform located at the center of the site's 22 pavilions, putting an end to their parallel operation. It provides a concentric solution, essential both for the patients and for the efficiency of the institution, by bringing together major and urgent operations that were once spread out.

We collaborated on the insertion of the H building within the existing urban landscape with work on the template choice, the design of the facades – with their rhythms, materials and hues – and the desire to protect patients and doctors from outside eyes...all while allowing in as much natural light as possible.

© Michel Rémon & Associés, architecte mandataire / Sergio Grazia, photographe
Location
3rd district, Lyon
Project type
Construction of a new technical platform
Program
Healthcare
Project owner
HCL
Team
Chatillon Architects (associate architect), Michel Rémon (lead architect)
Michel Rémon (architecte mandataire)
Budget
50M€ (excl. VAT)
Timeline
2013-2017