Of particular importance for us in the envisioning of this project is the willingness to engage in coordinated urban development in which the stations contain extensions for buildings, market halls, businesses, etc., all intended to diversify the services available to urban residents on their course through the city. This possibility of a mega-connection will allow individuals to carry out certain of their (shopping, recreational) activities without the necessity of detouring from their daily home to work round-trip route. The space will exude the dynamic, urban, buzzing atmosphere of the 21st century metropolis.
Confident in the enormous potential of a new architectural image, we have maintained an open and global approach to the project, free of preconceived notions. Leaving aside nostalgia and historicism, we have made our task one of reinterpreting and giving new sense to the metro’s space. Our architectural objectives are: sustainability, economy of means, the search for the symbolically urban.
Sustainability is a fundamental issue traversing many aspects of our work today. It grants us a means for responding to the depletion of non-renewable natural resources, and prompts a general reimagining of buildings in energy efficient, architectural, technical, economic, and social terms. With regard to the metro, sustainability also involves its easy maintenance, a choice of durable materials, and the clarification of very precise technical detail guidelines. We wish to work with elements readily identifiable by users: ceramic, stone, glass; elements found in urban spaces in similar placement, such as paving stones in public squares.
The economy of means of a project is a modern idea that should be pursued. Working within a controlled budget does not equate with being less ambitious: it relates rather to a renouncing of easy solutions, and provides the means and conditions for responding with precision to expectations, considering positively and with optimism each context with rigor. Without leading to the exclusion or erasure of specific elements (stairwells, escalators, metro), it will help facilitate resolution of problems, while reinforcing the qualitative aspect. The space is freed of all superfluous element.
The symbolically urban makes uses of a widely recognized urban language: paving arranged in layouts that recall public squares, beveled ceramic elements, lighting elements. The repetitiveness of these otherwise unique elements, along with the formal minimalism of the space, allows for the appearance of precise and lasting details. Users will recognize these elements in new, surprising forms.
Our design work plays with contrasts in order to create architectural newness:
The use of familiar elements in unexpected placement.
The use of small units to cover large surfaces.
The simplicity of geometric forms arranged with playful subtlety.
Rigor in implementation bringing about a transgression of convention.
Our project concerns four new Parisian metro stations that will extend line 14 past its current St. Lazare station terminus, with locations at Pont Cardinet, Porte de Clichy, Clichy St. Ouen, and Mairie de St. Ouen. The architectural program, developed by the RATP (Parisian transportation authority), addresses what is at stake for, as well as the ambitions of, a new generation of travellers through urban space. Of particular importance for us in the envisioning of this project is the...
- Year 2017
- Work started in 2012
- Client RATP
- Status Current works
- Type Underground Stations