A peek inside Le Bourget station

Elizabeth de Portzamparc's winning design for Le Bourget - a new Grand Paris Express station

by Sian 10 October 2014 Urban design
  • Image: AECDP / Elizabeth de Portzamparc Architecte Click image to expand

    Image: AECDP / Elizabeth de Portzamparc Architecte

  • Image: AECDP / Elizabeth de Portzamparc Architecte Click image to expand

    Image: AECDP / Elizabeth de Portzamparc Architecte

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    Elizabeth de Portzamparc has won a Société du Grand Paris international competition with their design for the new Parisian railway station of Le Bourget, France. Le Bourget is one of the four iconic stations that are being built as part of the Grand Paris Express (GPE) – a project to transform the greater Paris metro over the next 15 years with four new rapid transit lines. The other three GPE stations being built are Villejuif, Noisy-Champs and Clichy Montfermeil, the design for the latter having been won by Barcelona based architects Enric Miralles / Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT).

    According to the architect, Le Bourget will become the entry point to the city and act as a future regional urban hub and a junction that links the Charles de Gaul international airport north east of the city. It will be fully integrated into the Grand Paris network thereby operating at the local, regional, national and international level. Three local communities of Le Bourget, Drancy and La Courneuve will be served by the station.

    The architect has requested that only interior images be shown at present but the station's design features include a ‘totem’-like statement helping to increase the station’s visibility and marking it out as a landmark within metropolitan Paris.

    The station will have in-built flexibility to allow for development of use such as commercial units and the connection with other transport modes and the planned extension of the rail network.

    Le Bourget has also been designed with the local community firmly in mind, not just as a transport node but as a community facility and a ‘place to live’. Wood features strongly in the design along with warm colours. The principle of a great English court makes the station user-friendly and adds a sensorial atmosphere whilst avoiding the ‘basement effect’ of many urban metro stations – offering natural light down to the lower platform level.

    Elizabeth de Portzamparc's design aim is to develop a station that is more than merely technical or functional but represents the symbolic identity of the city without neglecting the human scale.

    The images represented here are only conceptual images and will evolve over time.


    Architect: Elizabeth de Portzamparc
    Location: Le Bourget, metropolitan Paris, France
    Client: SGP (Société du Grand Paris)

    Sector Transport

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