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BIG and A+ Architects unveil design for Marengo Multimodal Transport Hub in Toulouse

France Architecture News - Apr 01, 2024 - 09:44   1257 views

BIG and A+ Architects unveil design for Marengo Multimodal Transport Hub in Toulouse

BIG and A+ Architects have unveiled design for a multimodal transport hub in France’s fourth largest city, Toulouse. 

Dubbed Marengo Multimodal Transport Hub, the 12,000-square-metre station is located adjacent to the central station Gare Matabiau on the eastern border of the city.

The building will expand the city center beyond the Canal du Midi and strengthen its public transport networks by uniting bus, railway and metro under one roof. 

BIG and A+ Architects unveil design for Marengo Multimodal Transport Hub in Toulouse

As part of Toulouse’s Grand Matabiau Quais d'Oc masterplan, the Marengo Multimodal Transport Hub will revitalize the urban area, facilitate seamless travel, and triple the number of daily passengers travelling to and from the city. 

Constructed mainly in wood, the hub connects to the central train station in the west and dovetails the city’s pedestrian and bicycle flows towards the east, acting as a link between the city center, the UNESCO-listed Canal du Midi and the Périole neighborhood. 

The building is set to attain Silver Occitanie Sustainable Buildings certification, as well as the Biodiversity Effinature and HQE Infrastructure certification. 

BIG and A+ Architects unveil design for Marengo Multimodal Transport Hub in Toulouse

Referencing the city’s roofscape and traditional use of the "foraine" brick, the building is characterized by a rose-colored, crystalline roof. 

From the main entrance canopy in the south, the hub’s structure gradually rises in a sloping movement towards the north, reaching 32 meters in height towards the railway tracks. 

Local plants and trees are planted in the building and bike station to echo the vegetation of the Haute-Garonne region.

BIG and A+ Architects unveil design for Marengo Multimodal Transport Hub in Toulouse

Passing the bus station and entering through the main entrance, travelers are led below ground to Gare Matabiau, railway, metro lines and the transport hub’s hang-out areas. 

4,400-square-metre spread across the ground floor and two sub-levels will feature flexible and informal public spaces open to all, including areas for rest as well as commercial and cultural activities. Here, Maison du Climat, an initiative to further the public’s knowledge on environmental topics, will manage an event space for exhibitions, conferences, and workshops.  

BIG and A+ Architects unveil design for Marengo Multimodal Transport Hub in Toulouse

"The new Transport hub's folded roof, rising from the Marengo parvis, defines the main hall with lush greenery and ample daylight, welcoming visitors and leading them to metro and train tracks below. The building's elegant silhouette, growing northward in height, curves along rue de Périole," said Jakob Sand, Partner in Charge, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group. 

"Ground and lower floors will offer areas for rest and retail and the Maison du Climat event space, while upper floors accommodate regional offices."

"Pursuing low carbon solutions in the design, we employed mass timber, low carbon concrete, and natural ventilation throughout, with photovoltaics on the roof. This simple yet multifunctional design transforms the roof into Toulouse's new landmark," Sand added.

As the structure grows in height, each level gradually recedes, creating a triangular shape. 

BIG and A+ Architects unveil design for Marengo Multimodal Transport Hub in Toulouse

This enables visual connections across floors and pulls daylight down to the building’s lowest levels, accommodating comfortable and easy navigation for travelers throughout the day. The hub’s two sub-level floors will connect to the 1000-unit open-air bike parking.

Floors one to six will function as a 6,600-square-metre office space for the 350 employees of the Occitanie Region. 

Rammed earth and textiles will be used for partitions, and the ground- as well as underground floors will be constructed with low carbon, rose-colored concrete. 

The roof will further be composed of photovoltaics matching the rose color of the roof, punctured by skylights, allowing in natural light.

BIG and A+ Architects unveil design for Marengo Multimodal Transport Hub in Toulouse

Marengo Multimodal Transport Hub is BIG's second project in the South of France, following the cultural center MÉCA, Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture Aquitaine, which completed in Bordeaux in 2019. 

BIG and A+ Architects unveil design for Marengo Multimodal Transport Hub in Toulouse

Construction of the transport hub is planned to begin in 2026 with the completion of the underground connection to Gare Matabiau and metro station set for 2028.

BIG and A+ Architects unveil design for Marengo Multimodal Transport Hub in Toulouse

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Project facts

Name: Marengo Multimodal Transport Hub
Client: Région Occitanie, Toulouse Métropole, Europolia – ARAC Occitanie 
Size: 12,000 m2 
Location: Toulouse, France 
Collaborators: A+ Architecture, A+R Paysages, ALTO, CL Design, dUCKS scéno, Systematica, Franck Boutté, LASA, Les Eclaireures, l'Echo SBP, MBacity, FER-PLAY 

Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Jakob Sand 
Project Lead: Claudia Bertolotti 
Team: Charlie Laran, Dervan Ahmed, Gustavo Alejandro Lopez Rodriguez, Hyojin Lee, Marco Sartoretto, Martyna Kloda, Mathieu Michel Cardinal, Oliwia Jagla, Yanis Amasri Sierra 
BIG Landscape: Giulia Frittoli, Sasha Spasic 
BIG Sustainability: Johannes Alexander Hackl, Will Chuanruy Yu 

All images courtesy of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group.

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