The Part-Dieu Tower
A stylish high-rise in Lyon
When completed in 1977, the Part-Dieu Tower was the 4th tallest building in France and the tallest building outside of Paris. The tower is 164 meters tall and was designed by US based architect Cossutta & Associates, who also created the Tower at Cityplace in Dallas. All of the building’s 42 floors are occupied by offices, with the exception of the top 10 floors where the Radisson Blu Hotel in Lyon is located.
Le Crayon / The PencilThe tower was originally named Crédit Lyonnais after one of the 6 owners of the building. Now called the Tour Part-Dieu, it's best known by its nickname, le Crayon or the Pencil, due to the unique 23-meter pyramid at the top of the tower.
The Part-Dieu quarterThe tower is visible from many different locations across the city, including the Fourvière Hill. Nearby you can find the Municipal Library, which serves as an exhibition space, the Auditorium and National Orchestra from Lyon, and the famous Halles de Lyon Food Market, which was renamed Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse as a tribute to the famous chef.
The Part-Dieu quarter serves as a major crossroad for the city’s public transportation with the TGV train station, the shuttle to the airport, all main tramway and bus lines all close by. It is also a very dynamic business and shopping area featuring La Part-Dieu shopping mall, one of the largest malls in Europe and the third most-visited center in France.