New stations boast sustainability, great views, renovation, and urban design
AREP have recently developed four new railway stations in France and Italy. The first, Belford Mont-Beliard, is a new station on the Rhin-Rhone LGV high-speed rail line near Meroux, a villiage in the Territoire de Belford in the French-Comte region. Designed as an intermodal link between the rail infrastructure and the region, the station brings together all the conurbation’s transport systems and will soon connect with the new Balfort- Delle railway line to Switzerland. The building is characterised by its elongated trapezoid shape, the cantilevered roof over the main entrance to the south, adn the wider volume of the passenger hall which extends to the central platform. Its glass facade to the north offers a panoramic view of the Vosges hills.
The Besancon Franche-Comte TGV Railway Station was completed at the beginning of this year, and is built on the Rhin- Rhone high-speed rail line, Besancon French-Comte TGV station. The site straddles the communes of Auxon-Dessus and Auxon-Dessous, echoing the citadel of Besancon, with the station’s stone walls spread out across a wooded landscape traversed by the rail line. The station expresses synthesis between nature and technology, as well as being one of the first stations in France to obtain High Environmental Quality (HEQ) certification.
The third, Saint-Lazare Railway Station in Paris works to restructure the heart of the station. The oldest railway in France, it was previously ill-equipped to handle customer flow. Developers and architects were invited to submit tenders for the station’s renovation, won by a consortium comprising developer Spie Batignolles Immobilier and Investor Klepierre. The architects for 'Demain Saint-Lazare' developed their project according to four guiding principles: 'reveal' the building by highlighting the original architecture, link the station's three main levels (metro, street, trains) via one sole atrium, take natural light all the way down to the metro below street level, and unify the different public areas.
Work on Turin Porta Susa high speed train station, the first Italian station on the high speed Paris-Rome line resumed at the end of 2009. The gateway into Italy from northern Europe, Torino Porta Susa is designed as an urban locus, an extension of the city’s existing Roman layout and public spaces, offering a wide range of transport and services. The station is in the form of a long gallery, covered by an imposing glass canopy, 385m long and 30m wide, joined perpendicularly at 100m intervals by walkways positioned in line with existing streets. Visitors enter the gallery at these points through large vertical openings in the glass gallery, each protected by a wide camopy. Inside the gallery is a series of volumes in steel and glass, housing services and shops. They rest on a two-level concrete base occupied by car parks and technical areas.