Osmose: Building the metro stations of the future

With public transport at the heart of urban development projects in the Île-de-France region, RATP is endeavouring to anticipate future changes through the “Station Osmose” project, a forward-looking study examining the possible forms that the metro stations of the 21st century might take in the densely populated area around Paris.

An open-air metro: Foreign Office Architects

Proposed concept: An open-air metro
The team wanted to make the metro a central feature of the city. The idea of an open-air metro was inspired by open-air theatres. The emphasis is placed on culture and community life. The concept creates continuity between the metro platforms and the rest of the city, integrating the transport network seamlessly in the surrounding public space. Opening up metro lines in this way will give rise to new uses of space: the floor space around each metro station can be used as a public square, while the side structures can house amenities and shops. Attractive green spaces are also incorporated into the design.

About the architects

This London-based firm takes a creative approach to many of the complex projects entrusted to it. Proof of its expertise in the field can be seen in the ferry terminal it designed in Yokohama, Japan, and in the new railway station that will soon be opened in Birmingham, UK. Foreign Office Architects is known for its ability to design resolutely functional transport spaces that are capable of forging strong links with their environment.

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Farshid Moussavi, Alejandro Zaera-Polo
Assisted by: Richez Associés (Architects), bbc-energie (Sustainable development), Studio Myerscough (Signage) and Uniform (CGI and animations)

Verticalscape metro: Abalos + Sentkiewicz Arquitectos & Jasper Morrison Office for Design

Proposed concept: an observatory in the metro

Making the metro visible transforms users’ relationship with it. This station is based on four main principles: prominence in the city landscape, verticality, multi-functionality, and continuity of public space. The team advocates a multi-use space, in which different floors are used for different purposes. These different levels would be enclosed within an atrium, echoing the oval shape of a metro tunnel.

About the architects

Based in Madrid and London, Abalos + Sentkiewicz Arquitectos and Jasper Morrison, Office for Design offer an original combination of architecture, landscaping and environmental planning services.
Abalos + Sentkiewicz Arquitectos specialises in high-rise buildings, public spaces and cultural facilities. One of its most noteworthy projects was the intermodal terminal it designed in Logroño, Spain.
Jasper Morrison, Office for Design, has brought to bear its expertise in terms of industrial design and everyday experience. It is known in the transport field for designing the Hanover tram network.

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Iñaki Ábalos, Renata Sentkiewicz & Jasper Morrison
Assisted by: Quadriplus Groupe (Technical study), Thermibel (Acoustics), Ducks Scéno (Lighting), Étamine (HQE), Tom & Léo (Graphic design), Locomotion (Signage), and Neograma (Virtual imaging)

STAMIN/STAMAX: Périphériques Architectes

Proposed concept: a minimal station and a maximal station

The Osmose station proposed by the team has four major ambitions. Firstly, it is meant to be a landmark in the urban landscape. Secondly, it is intended to serve as a local intermodal hub. Its third aim is to be beneficial to its immediate environment. And finally, it aims to offer a wide variety of services on a daily basis. The "STAMIN/STAMAX" concept is based on a minimal station, around which further functions can be developed according to the needs of each area. The size of the station and the range of services offered will also be adapted to the specific characteristics of each area served.

About the architects

This Parisian team comprises two firms with a wealth of experience in designing complex, multi-use spaces, and who specialise in forward-looking studies, taking care to listen attentively to the needs of all concerned. Périphériques Architectes was involved in several aspects of the renovation of Paris’s Jussieu university campus.

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Anne-Françoise Jumeau, Emmanuelle Marin-Trottin, David Trottin (architecture, design)
Assisted by: Franck Tallon (graphic design), Franck Boutté (Environment and sustainable development consultants)