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Miralles Tagliabue EMBT Wins Competition to Design Metro Station in Paris

Miralles Tagliabue EMBT Wins Competition to Design Metro Station in Paris
Grand Paris Express. Image Courtesy of Enric Miralles - Benedetta Tagliabue | EMBT
Grand Paris Express. Image Courtesy of Enric Miralles - Benedetta Tagliabue | EMBT

Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT) and Bordas+Peiro have been announced as winner among five proposals of a two-stage competition to design the future Clichy - Montfermeil metro station in Paris. The competition, organized by the Société du Grand París, is part of the ambitious Grand Paris Express project which seeks to modernize the existing transport network and create an automatic metro that will connect new neighborhoods to the city.

In addition to the station's design, EMBT’s proposal will provide a new public square for the renewed neighborhood of Clichy-sous-bois that will serve as a symbol of change following the violent riots of 2005. “We want to transform this grey and abandoned area into a vivid and colorful plaza, that will inspire joy and optimism,” stated EMBT. 

More about the winning design, after the break.

“Our approach is looking for the maximum integration of the metro station’s access into the urban context. The access is made through a slow slope with stairs that invites the people coming out of the station to participate on the square. A pergola-roof is covering the entrance, the installations and the building of the station, the bicycle parking and continues on an important part of the square, protecting an area dedicated in the future to a periodical market (organized on Wednesday and Friday).”

“The idea was to give a new identity to this place, with a glance to the origins of many of his inhabitants. We would like to transform this grey and abandoned place into a vivid and colorful square, which inspires joy and optimism. This is why we based the motives of the pavement, the shapes and the colors of the roof on the tissues, decorative motives and colors from Africa.”

Once entering the Metro Station, circulation is established within a single space illuminated by natural light. The character of this space is given by the panels that cover the organic shape of the void, the same as the panels of the outside pergola.

By 2030, the Grand Paris Express project is expected to serve two million passengers daily, adding 205 new miles of track and 72 new stations that will connect to three airports and France's high-speed rail (TGV). Elizabeth de Portzamparc (AECDP) has already been awarded the commission for the Bourget RER station. A winner of the Saint-Denis Pleyel station will be announced late October.

  • Competition

    Clichy – Montfermeil Metro Station Competition
  • Award

    First Prize
  • Architects

  • Location

    Clichy-sous-Bois, France
  • Category

  • Project Directors

    Elena Nedelcu, Karl Unglaub (Miralles Tagliabue EMBT)
  • Design Team

    Gaia Cella, Marzia Faranda, Ana Fernández, Gaspar Canepa, Arturo Mc Clean, Gabriela Cruz, Almudena Rodríguez, Mireia García, Arantxa Picard, Shalini Moodley, Zhao Zhuoran, Yuliya Yudchenko, Yilun Wu, Dion Corbett, Alessandra Magnetti, Thomas Hostache, Silvia Calabresi. Stefan Geenen, Pedro del Corral, Ilaria Egidi, Anna Marcassoli, Ana Maria Manteigas, Flavie Caroukis
  • Economist

    Bureau Michel Forgues
  • Acoustic

  • Lighting Design

    Dumas Lumiere, Marc Dumas
  • Fire Security

    Casso & Associes
  • Energy Consultant

    Arbor & Sens
  • Sociologist

  • Infographics

    PLAY-TIME Architectonic Image
  • Artist

    Jorge Rodríguez Gerada
  • Area

    4911.0 sqm

Project location

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Miralles Tagliabue EMBT Wins Competition to Design Metro Station in Paris" 07 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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