Barcelona-based architecture firm EMBT and architect Elizabeth de Portzamparc were just selected to design two of three new train stations in Paris, which will be part of the Grand Paris Express ring-route rail network. They will soon be accompanied by the third winner, who will be selected later this month, for the design of the Saint Denis Playel station.
EMBT will design the Clichy-Montfermeil station in collaboration with French architects Bordas + Peiro. Elizabeth de Portzamparc will design the Le Bourget station. The Grand Paris Express project was developed by public agency Société du Grand Paris and will include a ring-route which would run along the perimeter of the city. It is expected to reach the length of 127 miles by 2030, connecting major airports and high-speed train stations with the rest of the country. The project will have 72 new stations, several of which will be designated as ‘iconic’ stations.
EMBT’s proposal features a public square accommodated under a pergola roof and a large skylight with zig-zagging escalators. Portzamparc’s design is based on rectangular volumes with a skylight. According to the architects, the project utilizes the principle of “total flex,” which provides a high level of spatial flexibility.