Express rail link between Paris and Charles de Gaulle Airport
Status: competition winner / Location: Paris & Roissy, France / Client: Vinci Concessions / Team: Silvio d'Ascia Architecture / Scope: full design services / Dates: 2007-08 / Surface: 9180m² / Cost: 34M€
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The project involves the creation of an express train linking central Paris with the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Trains arriving in Paris would stop at Gare de l’Est, while those arriving at the airport would make use of the existing transit hub located in Terminal 2.
At Gare de l’Est, the express service would be allocated two main platforms, located on the Western side of the main platform shed and demarcated by a unique signage and platform canopy identity. The same identity would be employed at the airport, with wayfinding and signage elements being even more important here in order to accompany passengers from all arrival and departure terminal routes.
This unique identity would help passengers distinguish the express train from other regional services, such as the RER B and Transilien trains. Along with the wayfinding and lighting elements, the project proposes distinct waiting areas for passengers at both terminuses, in addition to self-service ticket kiosks, newsstands, info and security points.
As a sober addition to a classical railway station – Gare de l’Est – and a contemporary element to an impressively dense infrastructure – Charles de Gaulle Airport – the express line represents the adaptability mobility or transit projects must have today. In using a theme... or a palette of elements, the project outlines a way for the express trains to seamlessly mesh with their already bold counterparts.
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