A station in tune with its surroundings
- Client: SNCF Réseau / SNCF Gares & Connexions
- Project management: Gares & Connexions architecture department; Architects: F. Bonnefille, E. Tricaud, R. Ricote - AREP - SETEC - TERRITOIRES Landscape
- Surface area: 3 000 m²
- Exterior area: 20.6 ha
- Completion: first quarter 2020
The multimodal hub is located within an exceptional site. From the outset, ecodesign provided the obvious framework to help balance the objectives of the project and the "Bâtiments Durables Méditerranéens" (Sustainable Mediterranean Buildings) process emerged as the most fitting tool. This is neither a label nor a certification, but a benchmark of environmental performance focusing on the impact of materials, biodiversity protection, thermal comfort, and water management.
Blending seamlessly into the landscape
The architectural project builds on the components of the landscape in order to ensure continuity between the building and the surrounding vegetation. Because of its transparency, the building blends seamlessly into the environment while its glazed façades reveal the internal layout, as well as the connections and vertical circulations. Landscaped passageways guide pedestrians to the platforms.
Achieving year-round thermal comfort
Ensuring comfort and energy performance is key in a region where the mistral can blow fiercely and the sun can be blazing. The three-layered roof filters daylight, mitigates solar radiation and ensures watertightness. The car park does not only provide a shady shelter, but also acts as a photovoltaic solar plant. The simulations carried out by AREP Environnement and AREP Expertise led to high-performance solutions enabling thermal comfort all year round.
Preserving biodiversity and natural resources
Water retention ponds and swales that increase water infiltration are some of the solutions implemented to deal with water scarcity on the site. The existing groves have been maintained and environmental actions have been taken to preserve the local fauna. No doubt the ocellated lizard, an endangered species living in the site, appreciates those initiatives.