Train Station

Japanese company Kengo Kuma and Associates has won a competition to design the new Saint-Denis Pleyel train station in France.

According to the company, the 45,000m² train station will be the first part of a future urban project at the Saint-Denis Pleyel site.

The proposed station will have a business centre, retail space and multimedia library.

It is expected to enable the site and the city to significantly increase their metropolitan scale, and would become an extension of the public spaces available.

Kengo Kuma claims that the station project will connect the two sides of the city over a huge railway network of the Parisian North station and provide an opportunity to open up the district.

The company will design the station as part of the ambitious Grand Paris Express (GPE) project, which seeks to modernise the current transport network.

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"The station project will connect the two sides of the city over a huge railway network…and provide an opportunity to open up the district."

As part of the design, multiple levels arranged in a spiral make the station function as a complex that would incorporate streets in vertical layers.

The curtain wall and many other parts of the structure will comprise steel frames that evoke rail tracks to emphasise the passage of time and history, the architect said.

Passengers will gain an open and interactive experience from the station, which will feature a multi-sensory sequence of spaces.

The station is expected to become the new centre of the city, and its programme is expected to prompt a social and cultural change to the district of Pleyel.

Image: Saint-Denis Pleyel Emblematic train station. Photo: courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates.