Modernisation of Montparnasse rail station in Paris
Status: competition 2013-14 / Location: Paris, France / Client: SNCF Gares & Connexions / Team: Silvio d'Ascia Architecture with UNIBAIL Rodamco / Dates: 2013-14 / Surface: 38520m² / Cost: 72M€
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The project proposes a new circulatory system for the building, allowing passengers and city dwellers to traverse the interior of the station via a large central hall, thereby eliminating the multitudes of small arteries currently in existence.
Modifications to the vertical circulation systems (elevators, escalators, stairs and ramps) are also integrated into the design, which helps users better understand the physical connections amongst the station’s floor levels.
A new curtain wall façade system was also proposed in order to give the building a new lease on life, helping it to better integrate within its urban context. As a more attractive transit hub, the station might then incite residents to use its efficient interior passageways, with this increase in traffic allowing for a more stable economic model for the building, and thus, allowing more services and commercial outlets to be opened.
The end result of a such an initiative proposed the installation of a flagship grand magasin that would serve as a retail anchor for the transit hub.
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