And to say they were making weapons here in the days of Louis XV…
Two centuries and a few good ideas later, the Manufacture Royale has regenerated as the Cité du design and creative neighbourhood. Horizontal, transparent and filled with light, Platine certainly gets itself noticed: you can’t deny that. This unusual box-like structure houses a media library, a restaurant, an amphitheatre, a serie of exhibition rooms and even a materials library. You can’t imagine how many uses there are for translucent marble… At Le Concept (it’s the restaurant’s name, get it?) you can have something to eat, sit and enjoy the soothing view of the vegetation in the glasshouse. All’s well with the world. Outside the Tour Observatoire can’t help but show off – mind you, those 32 metres are enough to make you dizzy. No sign of an industrial wasteland now: the Manufacture neighbourhood is now fairly buzzing with brainpower and hyperactivity.

INCLUDED IN THE CITY CARD

All the info on how to get there and what exhibitions to see: www.stephanois-hors-cadre.fr

  • Saint-Etienne_tourisme&congres_Magali Stora (8) Cité du design serre
  • Saint-Etienne Cité du design Copyright Cité du Design_02
  • Julien_Tamara (28) Cité du design
  • Agence Lin Platine
  • Julien et Tamara (2) exposition
  • Julien et Tamara (8) Cité du design
  • Julien et Tamara (6) Cité du design
  • Julien et Tamara (11) Cité du design arbres
  • Saint-Etienne Cité du design Copyright Cité du Design_30
  • Julien et Tamara (9) Cité du design
  • Julien et Tamara (12) Cité du design
  • Saint-Etienne_tourisme&congres_Magali Stora (5) Cité du design
  • Saint-Etienne Cité du Design Copyright EPASE_2
  • Saint-Etienne_tourisme&congres_Magali Stora (7) Cité du design tour d'observation
  • Julien et Tamara (1) gamebuino
  • Charly Jurine Cité du design tour observation
  • Saint-Etienne_tourisme&congres_Magali Stora (2)