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Quartier Chablais Gare, Annemasse, France

Thursday 30 Sep 2010

Chablais transported into the future

Marc Rolinet 
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Pedestrians to rediscover close-knit city through new station design by Marc Rolinet 

Annemasse, on the French-Swiss border is currently at the centre of a municipality-initialised project to renovate the Chablais district station. Marc Rolinet's concept for Quartier Chablais Gare combines multiple residential units, retail facilities, offices and a cinema around a green public square. The buildings themselves have been positioned specifically in sunshine-rich areas with open views to the surrounding areas.

Underground parking facilitates the pedestrian flow towards the retail and restaurant units. An interplay between wooden facades and metallic palettes runs throughout the design concept, with each individual structure complying with the BBC and Minergie sustainability requirements. In relation to the extensive scale of the project and it's equally high budget of €85m, Quartier Chablais Gare's estimated completion date of 2013 may be classed as ambitious considering that it the project is still at the design stage; however with backing from an already fired-up close-knit community efforts are sure to get back on track.

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