Lorient, France | 2017 | Railway station
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An urban connection in the heart of intermodality 

  • Client: SNCF Gares & Connexions, SNCF Réseau, Lorient Conurbation
  • Project management: AREP / J.M. Duthilleul, E. Tricaud
  • Structure and Façades: H.D.A. Hugh Dutton et Associés
  • Framework: Wood frame and metal structure: Mathis et Baudin Châteauneuf; Façades: A.C.M.L.; Foundations and concrete structure: S.R.B.
  • Handover: May 2017

Awards and prizes

  • 2019 - DNA Paris Design Awards : Architectural Design of the year
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  • 2018 - International Architecture Awards 2018 : Second Award category Transportation [Built)
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  • 2018 - Trophées de la Construction : Prix Construction-ERP
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  • 2018 - The Plan Award
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  • 2018 - The IDA International Design Awards
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The station is being rebuilt to the south, close to the city centre and in the heart of the transport hub.

An urban footbridge both allows to access the platforms and links Kerentrech district to the city centre during the station opening hours.  The main façade opens up to the heart of the city and alludes to the city’s shipbuilding tradition. The linear form of the building, stretching over 115 metres, gives the station an imposing presence. The double skin made of fibre-reinforced concrete accommodates all the openings related to the various elements of the project (station entrance, retail outlets, offices) and protects the façade from solar radiation. The north façade is mostly glazed and its large openings allow views of the new TER platform (express regional lines), the rail tracks, the future north access and the historic district of Kerentrech. The Lorient multi-modal transport hub is part of the “Bretagne à Grande Vitesse” project (“High-speed rail for Brittany”), which will allow a three-hour total travel time between Quimper, Brest and Paris from July 2017. 

Building works
The passenger building accommodates a large concourse featuring a Douglas-fir timber frame as well as concrete floors, columns and beams that ensure stability.

  • The structure consists of 24 portal frames made of Douglas-fir laminated timber having a span of between 12 and 19 metres and a height of 11 metres. The stress in the braces is distributed to the concrete structure over a length of 113 metres by the timber roof plan.
  •  The footbridge forms a 60-metre link between the two sides of the tracks and consists of two spans of 30 metres each.
  • The bus station shelter stretches out over 160 metres and forms a canopy supported by beams set every 4.80 metres.

Last news

Lorient station wins 7th prize for architecture
The 2018 Urban Design & Architecture Design Awards 2018 awarded its 1st Prize in the Transport category to the new Lorient-Bretagne Sud station (France, Brittany), designed by AREP for Gares & Connexions.

This 7th award, after the MasterPrize Architecture, the International Architecture Awards, the Construction Prize, the Plan Award or the IDA International Design Award, testifies to the architectural quality of this new building, which is part of the maritime history of the city which will welcome nearly two million passengers in 2020.

Organized by APR - one of the leading media outlets specializing in architecture and the Global Architecture Society, the Urban Design & Architecture Design Awards aims to encourage appreciation of significant architecture worldwide and promote its potential for a positive impact on daily life.

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