Brocéliande Forest comes to the heart of Rennes
Our new station in Rennes—gateway to Brittany—wears its regional identity proudly, evoking the mysterious mists of the legendary Brocéliande Forest with a transparent roof over a grove of wood-and-metal trees. AREP, a Gares & Connexions subsidiary, created this unique design in partnership with urban planners and landscape designers at FGP/TER.
Rennes station is now a full-fledged multimodal transport hub, reflecting a new vision of the city and a new approach to mobility. Features include innovative materials1 and a landscaped slope linking the northern and southern tracks.
metal trees and 80 branches support the station’s overhead walkways
tonnes of steel and 9,000 m3 of white concrete were used to frame the building
levels organize the space: the multimodal hub, the platforms, and the passenger area
Much more than a railway station
Rennes station is now a full-fledged multimodal mobility hub. We launched this transformation to meet three key goals:
- provide better service for the high-speed line that has linked Paris to Rennes since 2017, cutting travel time to 1h26
- create seamless links between different transport modes, including the connection between line A of the metro and the new line B, set to begin operating in late 2020
- support the ambitious EuroRennes urban development project
130,000 passengers expected every day by 2023
1 Such as ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE). This innovative material delivers excellent thermal insulation and outstanding transparency: 96% of ultraviolet rays pass through it, allowing natural light to pour in.