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The Saint-Lazare Météor station was built for the RATP during the construction of the new metro line in Paris. The challenge of the design of this station was to clarify this complex interchange hub, where four metro lines intersect with the SNCF railway network. Great care was taken to ensure the comfort of users in the underground spaces, with peaceful flows and natural light thanks to the open glass lens on the forecourt.

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Informations

Type of project Major renovation
Programme Transport
Contracting authority RATP
Architect Arte Charpentier

Location Paris, France
Completion date 2003
Surface area N/A
Environmental approach N/A

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The challenge was to clarify a complex, busy interchange hub where four metro lines intersect with the SNCF network.

Abbès Tahir, associate architect / Arte Charpentier

4
metro lines and SNCF network

The aesthetic logic had to respect Hector Guimard’s idea: to be both a metro entrance and a reflection of its time.

Jean-Marie Charpentier, founder of Arte Charpentier

15.5m
in diameter by 4m in height

An object that is simple in its reading, complex in its geometry, and precious in the relevance of the elements that compose it.

Jean-Marie Charpentier, founder of Arte Charpentier

46 923 920
travellers per year

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Meteor Saint Lazare Paris, France - 2003

Concept

The Saint-Lazare de Météor station was built for the RATP during the construction of a new metro line in Paris. When it was created, Line 14 of the Paris metro was a technological and architectural showcase intended to humanise the underground spaces.

Implemented mainly under the SNCF domain, the challenge of the design of this station was to clarify this complex interchange hub, where four metro lines and the SNCF railway network intersect. The creation of a well enabled a distribution of the services over several floors, each absorbing the flows of travellers according to their needs. The operation opens the transport network to the city and provides a smooth transition for users. Designed for all types of people, the Météor station houses two escalators, a central staircase and an inclined escalator for people with reduced mobility, which is a real innovation.

The main entrance to the station on the Cour de Rome, covered by a “lens” of ovoid glass, allows broad daylight to penetrate to the depths of the Météor station. This skylight articulates all the vertical circulations and constitutes the backbone connecting the different levels and clarifying travellers’ journeys.

This unique access to the metro through the “glass lens” is part of the logic initiated by Hector Guimard, consisting of accentuating the metro accesses to give them a strong identity and to contribute to requalifying the public space of the Saint Lazare station. The “lens”, which is very complex in its geometry and techniques, appears today as a strong and contemporary gesture, remarkable in its simplicity and discretion. It gives an identity to the Cour de Rome by creating an architectural event.

Equipe

Contracting authority
– Contracting autority: RATP

Project management
– Architect: Arte Charpentier (Abbès Tahir, Pierre Clément)

Design office:

– Signage: Annie Thévenin
– Acoustics: Diasonic
– Lighting engineer: Philippe Almon
– Economist: Cabinet Ripeau
– H&S coordinator: Michel Lebournot
– Lens engineers: RFR – Mitsu.Edwards
– Locksmithing: YRM Anthony Hunt Paris
– Synthesis images: Umlaüt – Christophe Valtin
– Technical inspection: VERITAS
– Security coordinator: RATP – Michel Lebournot
– Project management: RATP – Alain Jost
– General project management: RATP – Henry Vergnaux
– Layout project management: RATP – Thierry Huyghes Beaufond
– Company grouping (excluding lens) : Bouygues, Chantier Moderne, Quillery, Perforex,
– Lens company: VMT Transparence with Arcora BET consultant

Specificities

– Address: Cour de Rome 75009 Paris
– Surface area: lens : 15,5m diameter by 4m height

– Photo credits: Boegly Grazia, LK Photographe, Didier Boy de la Tour

Informations

Type of project Major renovation
Programme Transport
Contracting authority RATP
Architect Arte Charpentier

Location Paris, France
Completion date 2003
Surface area N/A
Environmental approach N/A

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