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Old November 30th, 2005, 12:25 AM   #1
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ANOTHER FACE OF FRANCE: LILLE

I will try to show us what is really Lille: Lively, forward-looking Lille just may be France's most underrated major city.

Lille metropolis is a conurbation between 3 big cities (Lille-Roubaix-Tourcoing), that's why we considerate Lille as a big city even if the population of Lille is low... but there is to know that Lille-Roubaix-Tourcoing are linked in the way you don't feel the transition between these cities (it's an unique entity). However, Lille is the most powerfull city (we can think that lille-Roubaix-Tourcoing are like districts and lille acts as the city center of the whole metropolis).
here you can see the rank of the 4th biggest urban area of France (INSEE 1999):

Paris (urban area): 11 174 740
Lille (urban area): 1 727 525 (with the belgian side of the metropolis)
Marseille (urban area): 1 516 100
Lyon (urban area): 1 348 832
Lille (urban area): 1 143 125 (french part of the metropolis only)

i offer some pictures of Lille by district, to discover the city:

Euralille, the last one to be built

View of the construction of the district center of Euralille:


Euralille in the beginning (1995):



Euralille from Le Romarin (Le Romarin makes part of euralille project - 2005):




Crédit lyonnais Tower (120m - built by Christian de Portzamparc):


Tour Lilleurope (115m - built by Claude Vasconi):


Euralille mall (build by Jean nouvel) with the 4 Eurocity tower (56m - the 5th will be build in december 2006):




Inside:


Details between every Eurocity Tower:


Hôtel Lille Europe (Built in the side of the commercial center):


Euralille atrium: Worls Trade Center.


Lille Europe: High Speed Train Station which links directly Paris (1h00) - Brussels (40min) - London (1h30) to the Metropolis.




Hôtel Crowne Plaza and the offices of the european railway agency:


view of a part of the Lille Grand Palais (built by Rem Koolhaas): concert hall (7000 seats), 3 amphiteaters and a great area for expositions (to respond the demands, another building will be built):


nord pas de calais' headquarters (under construction in euralille 2)







Another part of the Euralille Project:


Euralliance building:


Souham building:


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Old November 30th, 2005, 12:27 AM   #2
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Lille City Center (belfry - opera house and gate of Roubaix) from Euralille


the belfry - Flemish city symbol - Lille is the only flemish city to have got 2 belfries


the Belfry and the opera house:


Opera house:


Palais de la bourse:


the Grand' Place, main place of the city, and the vieille bourse (old stock exchange):


La vieille bourse, indeed, this building is composed of 24 houses. It was the place where the richest business-minded was dealing between themselves:

aerian view of the Place du théâtre (here appear the belfry, opera and vieille bourse) located next to the Grand' Place (central point of every flemish city - ex: Grand' Place de Brussels, Anwerp, Bruges, Ghent and many others...):


Frontages in the Grand' Place (Who said that Lille was grey????):


Another frontage - In this city you can find an incredible mix of architectures from french-parisian to flemish, from victorian-english industrial period architecture to "nouveau style Lillois" of the 19th century and spanish style of the 17th century - this is the result of the strategic position of the city, between many cultures and influences (Lille is french only since 1660).












Le furet du nord of Lille (only located in the northern french cities): the 2nd largest book shop in the world (after toronto - don't take care of the size of the frontage, inside it is really big)


Theatre du Nord, before being a theater, this building was the seat of the city military power located in the Grand' Place in order to control the people:


View of the pedestrian area by night. Close to this street is located the 4th french commercial street (By number of custumers - Rue de Béthune):


Place de la république, fine arts museum (2nd museum of france after the Louvre of Paris):


view of the second part of the museum which seems to be like a big mirror:


the préfecture of the département Nord with the amphiteater:


City Hall with its belfry (105m high) and the gate of Paris built by Louis XIV to celebrate the seized with Lille.


the city hall (1920's): the architecture of this building try to copy the old flemish style mixed with art deco style.


View of the new part of the City Hall:


Aeran view of the city hall:


belfry of the city hall from the old train station called "Lille-Flandres":


The train station Lille-Flandres:


Inside the station (in pink for Lille 2004: European capital of culture):




Rue Faidherbe by night: street which link the train station to the city center (Grand' Place). the buildings of this street are copied from the typical parisian style with some variations for some of them in order to be in the lille unhabitants taste:


Lille city center under the snow:


the only part which remains from an old great palace called "palais Rihour":
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Old November 30th, 2005, 12:27 AM   #3
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Old Lille:

Gate of Gent:


Cathedral Notre Dame de la treille:


Aerian view of the cathedral: you can notice the complexity of the urbanisation of the historical center (little streets going where they want, without real orden):


inside the cathedral:






Hospice Comtesse (museum):


View of the Sainte Marie-Madelaine Church from the Hospice Général:


le Grand Magasin (under renovation):




Houses of the area:














and i've find some pics of streets this district (empty of people, incredible!!!, it uses to have a lot a people in those streets - maybe taken early the morning):
rue royale


rue du peterinck


rue de la clef


place aux oignons


Place du lion d'or



Jef Aerosol offers a new vision of the graffiti in Lille (http://jefaerosol.free.fr):

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Old November 30th, 2005, 12:28 AM   #4
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Wazemmes:

Marché de Wazemmes: one of the biggest street market in europe. Spices and colors every sunday:


Théatre Sébastopol:


Maison Folie (crazy house), cultural center


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Old November 30th, 2005, 12:29 AM   #5
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Vauban - Esquermes:

the citadelle Vauban called too : "the queen of the citadelles":


Citadelle entrance:


Catholic university of Lille:


Palais Rameau:


Inside the palais rameau by night:


House of the area:




an exemple of Lille unhabitants' excentricity (well, i hope you are able to see the great mix of style in these photograph - well, i will try to find some pics of real excentric architectures to show us later):


... and others great things to see in these districts and others...
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Old November 30th, 2005, 12:30 AM   #6
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Subway:
Lille Métropole was the first urban area to use a totaly automatic subway in the world (first line 1978-1983). nowadays, many french cities (rennes / toulouse / linea D lyon / linea VAL Orly de paris) and others cities throught the world (turin / linea muzha de tapeï / linea O'hare de Chicago /... ) use this system.
every year, the Val (name of the subway) carry over 48 milions pasagers in the metropolis.
The line 2 still is the longest subway line in the world (32km - 44 stations).
Every station has its own design: here you can see some exemples:

Euroteleport in Roubaix (96 984 unhabitants):


Les Près in Villeneuve d'ascq (65 042 unhabitants):


Mercure in Tourcoing (93 540 unhabitants):


Gare Lille Europe in Euralille (The wall are painted by Jean Pattou, local artist):


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Old November 30th, 2005, 12:33 AM   #7
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Events:

Lille 2004: European capital of culture
































Giants: city symbols


Nightclub in the street: big screen in the frontage of the buildings and disco lights






Braderie de Lille (over 2 milions people every years) :


Christmas:




Lille 3000:
Lille as cultural capital of europe in 2004 showed the hudge posssibilities of the city (more than 9 000 000 visitors), the metropolis and the region definitively turned towards the future. It was an experiment and now lille wants to carry on Lille3000, an international cultural event that will take place every 2 years.
Varied quality events with strong themes will be made for a large audience. Lille3000 goes Indian with "Bombaysers de Lille" in 2006 and eastern european in 2008. research and innovation will be also on display in this event.
Events will always take place at different periods of the year and for vayring durations, so Lille3000 will be rediscovered as fresh and exciting each time.

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Old November 30th, 2005, 12:38 AM   #8
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Projects:
Axe Europe Building in Euralille:




Quartz and Crystal Europe Buildings (under Construction):


Centre Europe Azur + Côté Grand Palais (under construction):




La bois habité in Euralille 2 (buildings in an artificial wood - under construction):







Another building in project in euralille 2 (by Dominique Perrault):





EuraTechnologies:





Project of a casino, probably with a tower of 100 / 120m high which would shelter a hotel (i don't have any photo).



A 3rd building above the train Station Lille Europe: In the beginning, a 3rd building above the station Lille Europe in Euralille was planed. Nowadays, the station is in service and the construction of a building (tower or not) above Lille Europe is enough dangerous... then the project remains inside boxes... but it's not forgotten. Here, you can see one of the design offered:
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Old November 30th, 2005, 12:35 PM   #9
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Yup , a very under-rated city.
Worth to visit which I do on a regular basis, a great city but it has such crappy suburbs.

Great thread
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Old November 30th, 2005, 01:21 PM   #10
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a beautiful city - wonderful streets in the old part of town.
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Old November 30th, 2005, 03:47 PM   #11
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Beautiful pics

I like Euralille project
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they told me lille has a lot off shopping centers is this true can somone show them
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Old December 3rd, 2005, 08:06 PM   #13
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there is a really big one (euralille), another in the city center called "les tanneurs", Printemps (department store) and soon a new Gallerie Lafayette will be built ... After, there is many others commercial centers inside Lille city but not so big (well there is FNAC, Furet du nord and things like that, but it's not really a mall even if they are really big)... but there is others in the metropolis: in villeneuve d'ascq (connected by subway) there is one called "V2", and an other big enough in roubaix "espace grand rue" (also connected by subway and tramway).... they planned to built a new one in tourcoing (connected by subway and tramway).

euralille - Euralille















Passage des tanneurs - Lille










espace Carnot - Tourcoing:






I don't have pictures of the espace grand rue in roubaix and V2 in villeneuve d'ascq
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Old February 11th, 2011, 12:13 AM   #14
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anything new since 2005?
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Old February 11th, 2011, 12:49 AM   #15
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This is new : http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aire_m%...taine_de_Lille

Lille metropolitan area was estimated at 3,7 millions in 2005 and recognized by both France and Belgium, making it the 27th metro area of European Union.

In 2008, the "eurométropole Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai" was created to further improve transfrontier cooperation : http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurom%C...rtrijk-Tournai

Today, there is many projects that involve both sides, like to expand public transportations from Lille to belgian cities.

The most recent and important news is that Lille will host the Euro 2016 of football, it will be again a good occasion (after having been european capital of culture in 2004) to put the city under the spotlight : http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=571021

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What a beautiful city! I really ought to visit.
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If people want more infos about the architectural evolution of the city, better to follow this thread in french forum :

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=134730

Cheers !
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Old February 15th, 2011, 01:35 AM   #18
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nice pictures!
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