Enchanted Chateaucreux. This is the first neighbourhood in Saint-Étienne you see when you arrive by train. So yes, there are still a few buildings under construction, but it’s beautiful. It’s beautiful because it’s proof that the neighbourhood has completely reinvented itself. As soon as you come out onto the station concourse, you need to open your eyes wide. Design stools, blue horse sculptures, a multi-coloured tree… it is home to many design projects. The new Chateaucreux is as much about business as it is about contemporary architecture. Casino has based its worldwide headquarters here and on the Ilot Grüner, the Cité Administrative will blow you over with its lemon yellow colour. Three huge, staggered porches enable you to admire the building from every angle. Just next door, the social security offices have seen red and have dressed themselves in cassettes of aluminium. A vision, a wealth of ideas and colour aplenty have certainly shaken things up round here.