|Architect||Agence Duthillieul / Atelier d' Architecture Gare & ConnexionsAgence Duthillieul|
|Engineering||LEICHT Structural engineering and specialist consulting GmbH|
The original Rennes train station was not only a physical barrier between the north and the south of the city, but it was also unsuitable for the visitors flow that will double during the next two years, due to the construction of the new high-speed train line and the new underground line. The Architect’s idea was to welcome the travellers with a re-built landscape. Trees come alive inside the train station with steel columns that end with branches made by wooden beams, in order to support the sinuous and wavy ETFE roof that resembles fog. Considering the necessity to use sustainable and recyclable materials, steel, wood and ETFE were used.
Some of these photos are courtesy of SNCF Gares & Connexions - AREP Mathieu Lee Vigneau, whom we’d like to thank for the permission to display them.