Enchanted Châteaucreux. When you arrive by train, it’s the first Saint-Étienne neighbourhood you see.
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 train station esplanade, you need to open your eyes wide. Design tools, blue horse sculptures, a multi-coloured tree… it is home to many design projects. The new Châteaucreux is as much about business as it is about contemporary architecture. Casino has based its worldwide headquarters here and on the Îlot 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 colours aplenty have certainly shaken things up around here.

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