Japan-based architecture firm Kengo Kuma & Associates has been named as the winner of the design competition for a new Paris Metro station. The 45,000-square-metre metro stop, located in the northern suburb of Saint-Denis, is one of three new stations that will be built to extend the Paris Metro network. Kengo Kuma & Associates’ winning design will be a nine-story complex, including shops, a business center, and a library.
The metro station, known as the Gare Saint-Denis Pleyel, will have four stories constructed underground and five above. In addition to connecting two sides of the city and allowing people to move more freely around the region, the new station will serve as an extension of public space.
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Patches of greenery, sloping terraces, and a rooftop garden will add a fresh contrast to the industrial-looking construction of the building itself, which will be largely glass and steel. The architects intentionally designed the building to pay homage to the rail tracks, which will run in front of the building.
The station designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates will serve as one of the main junctions on the express line route that will create a ring around Paris by 2030.
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