04 August 2020


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Marc Miriam has been engaged to design a new TGV station in the French city of Montpellier. The Paris based architecture and engineering practice has come up with plan for a garden station which delights the senses – in sync with the structure’s Mediterranean setting. The 3500 sq mt station has been designed in the form of bridge across the railway lines. The delicately pleated five domed roof – the innovative structure comprises numerous triangular shells cast in ultra-high performance, fibre-reinforced concrete supported by elegant steel columns – while protecting travelers using the concourse for interplay of light to create intricate patterns of shade in station building, thus making them aware of the changing climate and seasons outside. It is reported the ?142.7 million TGV station, which will be located on the new high-speed line between Nîmes and Montpellier, will serve 3.5 million passengers per annum by 2030.  The project is slated to be delivered through public-private partnership mode. Réseau Ferré de France (RFF), the French railway authority has appointed developer Icade to head a team including the lead architect and engineers Marc Miriam, a local architect and contractor for the landmark project expected to be completed by the end of 2017.



Arch de force 

The Dutch city of Rotterdam has got for itself a ground breaking urban regeneration project. Markthal is a horse shoe shaped apartment building constructed over a covered city market. The highly public, open ended, arched building reminds one of a hull of an up-turned Dutch barge. At each end of the structure, built in grey natural stone a transparent glass cable net façade – reportedly the largest in Europe – affords a very great degree of visibility and openness to the market space. It is reported Developers Provost, along with leading architectural firm MVRDV won a city of Rotterdam design competition for Markthal and construction started in 2009. Among the many remarkable things about the arch is its interior which is occupied by a 11,000 sq m piece of art, the largest in the Netherlands, called Horn of Plenty, which owes its vibrant, multi-coloured 3D existence to Rotterdam artists Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam. The structure is a building without a rear and all of its sides are accessible. The horse shoe shaped arch of Markthal consists of housing from the third to the eleventh floor. The basement supermarkets and grocers are serviced by an underground tunnel leading to hidden elevators which open at a nearby square. Markthal is not just serviced by trams and buses; it has 1200 underground parking bays for residents and visitors not to mention 800 bicycle parking bays.

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