Multimodal hub - Lenght and width of the nave: 14,5 m on 220 m
- Client: SNCF Gares & Connexions
- Project management: SNCF Gares & Connexions and AREP / Architects: J.M. Duthilleul, E. Bonnefille, E. Tricaud
- Building work cost: €50.4 million
- Delivery: 2014
Montpellier Saint-Roch railway station was built in 1844 and boasts a listed neo-classical façade.
The station now lacks a clearly defined layout and spaces due to extensions, additions and adaptations brought about by an increase in rail traffic. The station’s complete overhaul involves the creation of a new building located on the esplanade which comprises a large through-flow area and lateral elements with green roof terraces on which shops and services will be located. This 14.5 m wide and 220 m long area is covered with ETFE modules, a translucent material that makes for subdued lighting, reflecting the clouds during the daytime and bringing to mind an immense illuminated ship at night. These modules are in fact opaque cushions that soften sunlight in summer and help to minimise heat loss in winter. Suspended reed sunshades complete the sun protection and also absorb sound. Pergolas protect the pathways, shop terraces and the outdoor waiting rooms. Rail users will be able to relax in this cool space in the summer in a soft light filtered by the greenery against a backdrop of the gentle sound of fountains and the scent of flowers (jasmine, honeysuckle and clematis).