If you ever go to Lille, in the North of France, take a walk between the two train station : the old one (Lille Flandres) and the new one (Lille Europe) : the new district is wonderfull to take lomopics !
Euralille is the name of the new business district situated at the intersection of the Old Lille and the chic neighborhoods. The project originated with the 1986 Franco-British agreement to build the Channel Tunnel, which was concluded, significantly, in Lille town hall where, in his capacity as Mayor, Pierre Mauroy received President Mitterrand and Mrs Thatcher, the then British prime minister, for the official signing. The Euralille project evolved from the subsequent decision taken in 1987 by France, Belgium, Holland and Germany to develop jointly the North European Train a Grande Vitesse [TGV] network.
Rem Koolhaas was the designated architect to coordinate the works. His conceptual point of departure was the new Lille-Europe TGV station, built to designs by SNCF (French National Railways) architect Jean Duthilleux.
Christian de Portzamparc and Claude Vasconi have each set up `signal’ office towers bestriding the TGV station while Jean Nouvel’s commercial and cultural centre, with its town side alignment of stumpy towers and `fifth facade’ roof canopy sweeping down to the lower ground level Place d’Europe in front of the new TGV interchange.