New Renderings of BIG and Silvio D’ascia Architecture’s Loop-Shaped Metro Station in Paris
Copenhagen-based architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and French studio Silvio D’ascia Architecture revealed new renderings of their loop-shaped Pont de Bondy metro station in Paris. The station located on ‘Line 15’ is one of 68 new stations for the Grand Paris Express project which will extend the existing metro lines for another 200 km.
BIG and Silvio d’Ascia Architecture’s proposed design features a terracotta-colored structure taking the shape of a loop. The loop’s two wings fly over each other forming a circle shaped atrium, then they extend in different directions separated by a right angle. One of them crosses over the adjacent river, and the other one goes below an Overpass.
The architects explained the concept behind the design, “The Gare du Pont de Bondy continues the Parisian tradition of utilizing bridges as social spaces and cultural landmarks.” They added, “Located at the encounter between the communities of Bondy, Bobigny, and Noisy-le-Sec, the station is conceived as both bridge and tunnel wrapped around a giant atrium, connecting the riverbank to the train landing.”
The new 75-kilometer track of Line 15 will have three portals on the south, west, and east, and they will all be connected to other transportation systems. “The deepest train tunnels will now open directly to the Parisian sky, and all three surrounding neighborhoods will be united in a single inclusive loop—a new architectural hybrid of urban infrastructure and social space,” said BIG.
Other firms which will be working on the new metro lines of the Paris Grand Express include Kengo Kuma & Associates, Elizabeth de Portzamparc, as well as Grimshaw Architects which will be working on another station on Line 15.