Rennes, France | 2017 | Railway station
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A station renovated for a new multimodal hub

  • Client: SNCF Gares & Connexions
  • Project management: SNCF Gares & Connexions –  Architects: J.M. Duthilleul, E. Tricaud,
  • F. Bonnefille / MaP3
  • Delivery: end 2007 for the first phase of works and end 2020 for the whole transport hub
By 2020, Rennes railway station will be transformed into a transport interchange hub in order to cope with the doubling in passenger numbers after the launch of the Bretagne-Pays de la Loire high speed line and the opening of the metro line B. This revamp forms part of the Ferrier – Gazeau and Paillard global urban project which links the north and south sides of the station by a building spanning the rail tracks and featuring various heights relating to the original topography of the site.
The programme consists in extending and redeveloping the passengers building. The extension of the concourse northwards comprises the construction of a new mezzanine and aims to develop new services and retail facilities. A travel centre will be created on the same level as the northern forecourt while the future connection between the passageway located below ground level and the metro lines A and B together with the entrance to be built on the lower forecourt will improve access to the station.

A number of changes to the traffic management plan on the north side of the station and to parking facilities should phase out through automobile traffic and encourage public and environmentally friendly modes of transport as well as car access via Rue de l’Alma and Rue Saint-Hélier on the south side. Drop-off areas are gathered on the south side. 

The construction of a full-height volume between the pre-existing station – conserved under an ETFE roof – and the new building allows natural light to flood in through the different levels, thus ensuring a balanced transition from artificial light in below ground levels to daylight in the upper levels. The fabric mesh roof provides a variety of lighting scenarios, depending on the area of the station. The materials used are simple and authentic: granite, wood, steel and clear glass.