Monaco, France | 1999 | Railway station
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An underground new station 450-metre long

  • Client: SNCF, Monaco Public Works Department             
  • Prime Contractor: SNCF Gares & Connexions, AREP / SGTE (Design offices)
  • Delivery: 1999           
The new, 450-metre long Monaco TGV Station is part of a 2,800-metre tunnel.
To ensure the station caused no anxiety, and blended in with the legendary city site, especial care was taken over its fitting-out. While the unsurfaced concrete expresses the power of the structures, the wood-faced walls soften the mineral environment and absorb noise. The granito floor surface lights the platforms and waiting areas, and the glass and stainless steel of the lifts confer a sense of lightness. The station roof is reminiscent of a starry sky, while the passenger shed looks out onto the Principality through the valley of Sainte Dévote, seen through a glass wall protected by a shade screen of marble bonded on glass.