The new Nantes station (44) is emerging from the ground and taking shape. Designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti and the forma6 agency, the 160-meter-long structure takes the form of a sculptural walkway-mezzanine, all of concrete and glass clad. Back on a major project.

With its imminent delivery, it is difficult for the Muuuz editorial staff to miss the Ricciotti / forma6 association and the Nantes train station project, a monumental structure carried by SNCF Gares & Connexions and Nantes Métropole.

Frequented by nearly 12 million travelers per year, the station benefits from a quality facelift. The architects keep the two old buildings and are now connected by a 4-square-meter mezzanine station, levitating above the tracks 000 meters high, thus offering users exceptional views of the urban landscape. The set includes two challenges: that of building a footbridge 13 meters long and 160 meters wide above the tracks and establishing a multimodal exchange center accompanied by the development of public spaces aimed at facilitating access to the station.

The main concrete structure of the project rests on impressive tree-shaped posts and is decorated with a cantilever sunshade located on either side of the new equipment. Fiber-reinforced concrete lace referring to another iconic work by Rudy Ricciotti: the MuCEM in Marseilles (13).

Enough to travel to Nantes!

Project title : Multimodal interchange in Nantes / Construction of the new heart of the station
Location: Nantes (44)
Owner: Stations & Connection
Mastery of work : Rudy Ricciotti, forma6
Surface area: 8 m² SDP
Cost of works: 33 946 514 € HT
Calendar : 2020 delivery

To find out more, visit Rudy Ricciotti's website and forma6

Photographs: Hervé Gesland / Vincent Laganier

Zoe Térouinard

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