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A museum

in a cloud lighting

Musée des Confluences,

Lyon, France


See how dynamic indoor and outdoor lighting is exciting visitors at the Musée des Confluences

Musée des confluences - Lyon © Gilles Framinet

Architectural lighting
for an urban space

satisfies functional, aesthetical and emotional needs. We try to integrate these various aspects by translating pragmatic demands into a fascinating night-time experience."


- Har Hollands, Lighting Designer

Musée des confluences - Lyon © Gilles Framinet
Musée des confluences - Lyon © Gilles Framinet

Customer Challenge


Atop a picturesque peninsula in Lyon, France, is a breathtaking building: the Musée des Confluences. Its crystalline structure, lit by inspiring illumination, provides an exhilarating experience for pedestrians visiting the exhibitions inside.

Musée des confluences - Lyon © Gilles Framinet

The right lighting


The Musée des Confluences, which houses collections of earth sciences, anthropology and natural sciences, was designed by Austrian architects Coop Himmelb(l)au.The Cloud constitutes the principal body of the museum, housing ten exhibition spaces. It was constructed to lead visitors on an enigmatic journey through the museum.


LED technology provides general lighting elsewhere. Decoflood2 LED floodlights are mounted on the concrete walls and structural beams. The lights create a warm atmosphere in which visitors feel at ease and comfortable. Additionally, linear eW Cove QLX Powercore luminaires are discreetly integrated in the steel parapets of the stairs and bridges.The gravity well which is at the heart of the Crystal truly comes to life at night. It projects colored light out into the surrounding Crystal, emphasizing its inspiring architecture. This is achieved with ColorReach Powercore gen2 floodlights, which shine luxurious blue light at the Plinth and gravity well.

  • DecoFlood² LED BVP626
    DecoFlood² LED BVP626
    Combining functionality and simple, clean aesthetics, Decoflood² LED is a comprehensive range of LED floodlights for architectural outdoor lighting. It has been designed to deliver...
    • Best-in-class optical efficacy and very good color mixing
    • No glue used: allows serviceability and greater recyclability at end-of-life
    • Family design allows integration into projects based on the conventional Decoflood² range.
  • ColorReach Powercore
    ColorReach Powercore
    ColorReach Powercore is the first LED fixture powerful enough to brilliantly and dynamically illuminate large architectural façades. ColorReach Powercore combines all the benefits ...
    • Unparalleled light output
    • Unique split design to support diffuser combinations
    • Compatible with industry-leading controls
  • eW Cove QLX Powercore
    eW Cove QLX Powercore
    eW Cove QLX Powercore represents the latest in high-quality linear LED cove lighting from Color Kinetics. This elegant, low-profile luminaire delivers up to 432 lumens per foot of ...
    • Excellent output of white light
    • Multiple options for design flexibility
    • Energy-efficient, easy to install, and long lifetime

Making memories

with light

The team

Conseil Général du Rhône

Coop Himmelb(l)au & Partner

Coop Himmelb(l)au

Har Hollands Lichtarchitect

Lighting consultant

Har Hollands Lichtarchitect


Eiffage Energie Rhône Alpes


Eiffage Energie

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