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D&A Termini parfait Marc Miriam has been engaged to design numerous triangular shells cast in and Montpellier, will serve 3.5 million a new TGV station in the French city of ultra-high performance, fibre-reinforced passengers per annum by 2030. The Montpellier. The Paris based architecture concrete supported by elegant steel project is slated to be delivered through and engineering practice has come up columns – while protecting travelers public-private partnership mode. Réseau with plan for a garden station which using the concourse for interplay of light Ferré de France (RFF), the French railway delights the senses – in sync with the to create intricate patterns of shade in authority has appointed developer Icade structure’s Mediterranean setting. The station building, thus making them aware to head a team including the lead architect 3500 sq mt station has been designed of the changing climate and seasons and engineers Marc Miriam, a local in the form of bridge across the railway outside. It is reported the €142.7 million architect and contractor for the landmark lines. The delicately pleated five domed TGV station, which will be located on project expected to be completed by the roof – the innovative structure comprises the new high-speed line between Nîmes end of 2017. Arch de force The Dutch city of Rotterdam has got for itself and openness to the market space. It is artists Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam. The a ground breaking urban regeneration reported Developers Provost, along with structure is a building without a rear and project. Markthal is a horse shoe shaped leading architectural firm MVRDV won all of its sides are accessible. The horse apartment building constructed over a a city of Rotterdam design competition shoe shaped arch of Markthal consists of covered city market. The highly public, for Markthal and construction started housing from the third to the eleventh floor. open ended, arched building reminds in 2009. Among the many remarkable The basement supermarkets and grocers one of a hull of an up-turned Dutch barge. things about the arch is its interior which are serviced by an underground tunnel At each end of the structure, built in grey is occupied by a 11,000 sq m piece of art, leading to hidden elevators which open natural stone a transparent glass cable net the largest in the Netherlands, called at a nearby square. Markthal is not just façade – reportedly the largest in Europe Horn of Plenty, which owes its vibrant, serviced by trams and buses; it has 1200 – affords a very great degree of visibility multi-coloured 3D existence to Rotterdam underground parking bays for residents and visitors not to mention 800 bicycle parking bays. 34 construction opportunities|NOVEMBER 2014
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