MEUSE TGV STATION
New station with an architecture dominated by the wood
- Client: SNCF, RFF
- Prime Contractor: SNCF Gares & Connexions, AREP / Design Offices: TEC BOIS (structure); AREP (technical) / Summary: OTH Est
- Site surface: 320 m²
- Delivery: 2007
Standing in rolling countryside, the station has been built to a scale similar to that of the traditional grid used in its rural environment.
As the high speed line runs at reference ground level, there is an underpass for vehicles and pedestrians. The station features a main building for departures to Paris, two station shelters, and a subway with vertical access (lifts and stairs) to platforms. This composition is given height by a 16-metre campanile echoing the silhouette of villages nearby. It signals the boundary of the Meuse département, while its summit guides natural light down into the passenger concourse. The overall structure is in wood, as is the oak and larch roof structure of the campanile. The untrammelled, lyrical architecture in which wood plays the starring role is also a way of showcasing the region's timber industry.
Meuse TGV station video © AREP 2010 / Grzegorz Tomczak