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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.

Casa-Port railway station in Casablanca, Morocco by AREP

 
December 16th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: AREP

The construction of the new Casa-Port railway station is part of an overall urban remodelling plan for a district located on the edge of the port of Casablanca, linking the old city to the north of the urban area. The project is also designed to keep pace with the growth in rail traffic anticipated by Moroccan Railways (ONCF).

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

  • Architects: AREP, Groupe 3A
  • Project: Casa-Port railway station
  • Location: Casablanca, Morocco
  • Photography: Christophe Iliou, Etienne Tricaud, Didier Boy de La Tour
  • Team: Etienne Tricaud, Philippe Druesne, Christophe Iliou and Groupe3 Architectes – Omar Tijani, Skander Amine
  • Contracting owner: ONCF
  • Surface areas: station 2,500 sqm (including 1,000 sqm of shops), underground car park (380 spaces)
  • Start of work: spring 2008
  • Delivery: 2014
  • Total cost: €16 million

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

This transport hub comprises a large passenger hall opening onto a wide square to the south-west and the platforms to the south-east, a shopping centre located on the lower level of the hall, an underground car park on two levels, and an office building parallel to the platforms.

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

Taking into account the predominance of commuter travel and the simultaneous nature of peak traffic flows (incoming and outgoing), the passenger hall has been designed for full access to the platform concourse. Access points to the platforms are spread along the length of the hall, ensuring optimum flow management at peak times. The hall contains all the services required by travellers, including a prayer room away from bustle and noise. A wide central opening provides access to a lower level which will accommodate the shopping centre, food court areas, and the underground car park.

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

The architecture of the station hall is characterized by its roof, a wide canopy extending beyond the façades to jut out over the square, and its supporting columns, which open out at the top to allow light to enter the building through openings in the roof. The hall’s glass façades enable travellers to grasp the organization of the station and its walkways before they enter. On the west side, facing the city, a contemporary moucharaby system filters the strong afternoon sunlight without obstructing the view.

The office building is the initial part of a development project which will be extended in a second phase with the construction of two other buildings.

The station has also been designed to incorporate a connection with a future underground rapid-transit station.

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

Image Courtesy © Christophe Iliou

Image Courtesy © Christophe Iliou

Image Courtesy © Etienne Tricaud

Image Courtesy © Etienne Tricaud

Image Courtesy © Etienne Tricaud

Image Courtesy © Etienne Tricaud

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de La Tour

Image Courtesy © AREP

Image Courtesy © AREP

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