Symbol of modernity

Euralille is a place very different from any other. Originally meant to be a business center specialized in services, it has evolved to offer a wide array of possibilities and symbolize modernity in Lille Metropole.

Towards the end of the 80s, a great project came into being under the impulsion of Pierre Mauroy when Lille tried to reconvert after the industrial crisis. The project aimed to build a new centre oriented towards services. In 1994, the Euralille centre is opened at last. Nicknamed « the services turbine » of the metropole, it soon became an important place in Lille Metropole thanks to its location at the heart of the communications network. Metro, tramway, Lille Flandres and Lille Europe train stations serve this area and make it a strategic crossways for companies. It even became third financial centre in the country, after La Défense in Paris and La Part-Dieu in Lyon. The many towers in the area are the work of great architects and accommodate offices and big companies.

A true success, this area goes largely beyond the limits it had set itself. The possibilities on offer are vast ; habitat, trade, architecture, and culture. More than a business centre, Euralille has become an extension of Lille.

The area is very lively, partly due to the Euralille Mall, where shopaholics will be pleased to find a good 130 shops and restaurants, as well as a hypermarket. This centre, imagined by architect Jean Nouvel, is quite singular from the outside : shaped like a boat, its towers being the funnels. The Lille Higher school of trade was established on the third floor of the centre.

Beyond the economic aspects, Euralille claims a cultural vocation with the Aéronef, one of Lille’s most popular auditoriums. Between the centre and Lille Flandres station, the Tri Postal features exhibitions of all kinds. Also near, Lille Grand Palais is rather unique with its tri-modal design: congress, showroom, Zenith Arena.

The latter often accommodates world-renowned artists with a capacity of more than five thousand spectators! The Esplanade François Mitterand, located between Lille-Europe station and Euralille shopping center, is decorated with a giant multicoloured bunch of tulips, created by the artist Yayoi Kusama. A surprising sight to catch!

For those in love with nature, the Matisse park, at the foot of the Euralille centre is a versatile garden: the site isn’t fixed, it evolves at the rhythm of the “vagrancy” of the plants, and offers the walkers an even nicer stroll!

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