A natural twist on high speed travel
The first TGVs will leave from Montpellier station in mid-2018, carrying passengers to Paris, Lyon and Barcelona, from platforms landscaped to reflect the natural inspiration of the entire project. Designed within the Projet Oz: Nature Urbaine (urban nature) project, which aims to fill a 350-hectare urban area with green space as well as housing, offices and transport links, the station design incorporates nature-inspired elements both inside and out; from the platforms to the garden parvis.
Architect Marc Mimram has also drawn inspiration from the mediterranean surroundings in the inclusion of a perforated Ductal UHPC roof, which will filter direct southern light into the station. The roof is made of 100 precast modular Ductal® palms. Each unit is just five centimeters thick, but over 20 meters in span, made possible by the strength and durability of Ductal® UHPC even in very thin panels. They are perforated in a random pattern, following the passage of the sun throughout the day. Whatever time it is, a Ductal® roof ensures it’s always sunny in Montpellier!