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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

MULTIMODAL INTERCHANGE of Saint-Nazaire in France by Tetrarc Architectes

 
July 29th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Tetrarc Architectes

Saint Nazaire railway station is the focal point of a public transport network for a sprawling town that is destined for further growth. The creation of a high-frequency bus route lead to the reworking of the roadways and parking areas for buses and coaches around the station as well as the development of the square in front of the station.

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

  • Architects: Tetrarc Architectes
  • Project: MULTIMODAL INTERCHANGE of Saint-Nazaire
  • Location: Saint-Nazaire, France
  • Photography: Stéphane Chalmeau
  • Completion: September 2012
  • Total area: 50,5 hectare
  • Project manager: Claude Jolly, J.P Mace
  • Project director: Romain Cateloy
  • Landscape architect: Louise Follin
  • Architect designer: Florent Delaboudinière

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

  • Client: CARENE, City of Saint-Nazaire

PORCH, BIKE SHELTER

  • Structural engineer: Economist CMB, Structure MECA, Expert composite Michel Maugendre
  • Firm: framework, urban furniture, outdoor signs CMR, cover Polyecim

BRIDGE

  • Structural engineer: Structure  SCE
  • Firm: Framework, structure Baudin, Chateauneuf, shell ETPO, camber CMR

INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Structural engineer: Road engineering SCE
  • Firm: Road VIAUD, lighting INEO, road marking LESOURD, green area JAULIN PAYSAGE

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Discussions between the architects, the town authorities and the Carène development council led to changes from the initial design:

  • the bus and coach parking areas are to be located on the existing plaza between the station and the post-war buildings opposite. Using this site relieves congestion for buses and coaches;
  •  a cheaper, longer-lasting coating is to replace the granite planned for the public transport operating area.

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

The budget that this has freed up means that two long parallel canopies can be built to protect public transport users. Standing out in the town thanks to their broad, flowing and colourful protective covers, they provide the additional comfort of enclosed glazed shelters which protects against the often violent winds of the Atlantic coast.

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Concrete slabs are used to cover the plaza, creating a carpet on which are spread a bike rack in the shape of an engine shed, benches, information screens and lamp posts whose shape directs the eye towards the station entrance.

Very close by, the post-war period concrete bridge over the railway lines has been replaced by a metal one. A segregated bus lane and two lanes for cars take up the central roadway. To the sides, two pavements each provide a footpath and a cycle path.

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

The desire to protect pedestrians and cyclists from bad weather, along with the requirement to build railings above the railway lines, produced the distinctive shapes that emphasise engineering in the town by evoking the silhouettes of ocean liners under construction which are visible above the town’s skyline. The station is at a symbolic crossroads between the port town and the railways, the town centre and the outlying commercial districts, the post-war town and its urban growth at Circé-Trignac.

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Image Courtesy © Stéphane Chalmeau

Image Courtesy © Tetrarc Architectes

Image Courtesy © Tetrarc Architectes

Image Courtesy © Tetrarc Architectes

Image Courtesy © Tetrarc Architectes

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