a nearby station
The Grand Paris Express station is located at the intersection with the existing Saint-Maur Créteil station of the RER A. Going beyond its prerequisites for functionality, connectivity and efficiency, it is a local station which fits harmoniously into a dynamic district of the city with a human dimension and gentle circulation.
The Grand Paris Express runs underground on a north-south route and crosses the RER A orthogonally at the level of the existing station. On the surface, an imposing office building is attached to the north platform of the RER line. A place emerges between this building and a line of small collective housing buildings with shops on the ground floor. The square is treated in a mineral and linear way, parallel to the facade of the office building.
rhythms differentiated by use
The current access to the station is not visible from the adjacent streets as it fits into the building in the center of the square. The vertical rupture is treated by green spaces which further mask access to the RER. The route of the aerial RER A creates a break between a northern, dynamic and central territory and a southern territory that is mainly residential and suburban.
This rupture is felt by how differently the surroundings of the existing station are treated, on the one hand an open and active pedestrian square, on the other a monofunctional and isolated bus station. During an approach punctuated by the smells and noises of the market, the station appears as an extension of the liveliness of the square. When traveling by bicycle, it is the tree continuity and the feeling of space that are highlighted. When used more effectively as a multimodal hub, the station offers the opportunity to experience the urban qualities and the attractiveness of the city of Saint-Maur.
consistence with the of the market
The emergence of the station is imagined to replace the central section of the office building previously described. This positioning makes it possible to break up the “bar” effect which is today affecting the quality of the existing place. The visibility of access, lacking at the current station, is significantly improved thanks to this new emergence but also thanks to the revelation of the city link. The awning is an additional signal guiding the public and inviting people to cross.
The passage is bustling with shops that create continuity with the activity of the square and that of the neighborhood. This new attraction is an invitation to enter the passage, to cross the hill, to rediscover the link between the southern facade and the rest of the territory. The dark and neglected bus station is linked to the passage and the new station thanks to this new commercial connection. The sidewalks are widened, making room for pedestrians and to develop more proportionate waiting rooms.
a monumental staircase
The vertical circulation elements open out under the facade of the ground floor volume which overlooks the square. This proposal makes it possible to disseminate the light to the right of the circulation thanks to the proximity to the facade. The treatment of this double-height access volume gives an aerial dimension and open to the landscape.
As part of the cultural approach initiated by the Société du Grand Paris, the artist Susanna Fritscher, associated in tandem with Cyril Trétout, is commissioned to work on the monumental staircase of the station, the deepest in France (50m).
Her light work of steel cables plays with the handrails of the staircase and the facades of the well, ” like a descending luminous rain” (SF)
Lead company, fluides, structure, tunnel engineering, VRD, BIM manager : Systra
Light structure, facade : HDA
Economy : Tohier
Acoustic : Kahle Acoustics
Lighting design: Light Cibles
Fire safety, accessibility: Casso