Montpellier, France | 2014 | Railway station
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An urban gallery

  • Client: SNCF Gares & Connexions 
  • Project management: SNCF Gares & Connexions and AREP / Architects: J.M. Duthilleul, E. Bonnefille, E. Tricaud / Engineering & Structural Design: MaP3
  • Building work cost: €50.4 million
  • Delivery: 2014

Awards and prizes

  • 2016 - International Architecture Award
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  • 2015 - Trophées Eiffel d’architecture Acier
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Heritage and contemporary architecture are combining to create an effective new hub in which priority is given to soft modes of transport and green architecture
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). 

    • Lenght and width of the nave: 14,5 m on 220 m
    • A 80 metre long pedestrian bridge

Last news

AREP is laureate of the Trophées Eiffel d'Architecture competition

AREP was awarded the first prize in the "Travel" category by the jury of the Trophées Eiffel de l'Architecture competition for the Montpellier Saint Roch station. The judging panel included architects, engineers, architecture journalists and steel industry representatives while the prize was handed over by Catherine Jacquot, president of the French Ordre des architectes.