MVRDV won the chance to design the masterplan for the project back in 2004 and brought on the four other architects to design the four other sections of the urban superblock. A large interior court with a raised public space overlooking the city, a new marina and a park unite the five building sections. Each of the five sections are unique in material, composition and architectural expression. MVRDV designed the head section of the building located next to the waterfront.
A diverse selection of apartments have been included in the design to attract different groups of inhabitants to reflect Lyon’s population. Office spaces are composed of 500 square meter units that can be combined or customized to the firm’s needs. The urban development aims to be inclusive of a diverse group of people, even including residences for disabled persons as well as the collective spirit of Europe. This can be seen by the use of both Dutch and French architects as well as Dutch landscape architects West 8, who designed the public space.