Atelier Zündel Cristea Designs Four New Paris Metro Stations With Nods To Functionalism And Brutalism
March 12, 2022
In Paris, after the reconstruction, the northern section of the 14th metro line was opened. Four new stations on the outskirts of the city are made in the same style with references to functionalism and brutalism. Their interiors were designed by the French studio Atelier Zündel Cristea (AZC). The stations appeared in a densely built-up area, so the architects needed non-standard solutions in terms of embedding them into the urban infrastructure. So, for example, the exit of one of the stations is located at the base of the “Palace of Justice” Renzo Piano.
The new stations are designed as ascetically as possible, without bright colors and rich decor. However, despite the apparent simplicity, the interiors look very impressive. Lots of metal, concrete, glass and tiles were used in the lobbies and tunnels. The stations resemble huge technological palaces, striking in their scale and grandeur. Huge concrete horizontal columns criss-cross the hall of escalators, glass elevator shafts soaring upwards, creating a spectacular image that defines the new look of the French capital's metro. />