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Wilmotte & Associés : Station F

Rehabilitated by the French architecture firm Wilmotte & Associés, Halle Freyssinet, the former Parisian railway depot (13e) dating from the 1920 years, becomes Station F, the largest campus in the world dedicated to the development of startups. The space of 34 000 square meters is intended to host more 1 000 companies in the making.

For this ambitious program, Jean-Michel Wilmotte, chief architect of the project, and Frédéric Didier of the 2BDM agency, Chief Architect of Historic Monuments, wanted to preserve the original structure of prestressed reinforced concrete, of great lightness. The 310 meters along the incubator consist of three parallel naves, whose vault thickness can go down to less than 5 millimeters at the ridge. Always in a concern to safeguard the architectural finesse of the old hall, the designers have added to the side facades suspended awnings, which do not alter the view or movement of people.

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The three spaces - of which the two smaller ones are organized on either side of the main area - are independent and each has its own functions. The first,Share, Is a place of sharing and meeting, and a forum including: a Fab Lab - prototyping workshop with 3D printers in open access -, an auditorium of more than 350 places, and multiple meeting rooms to welcome Investors and partners of new entrepreneurs.

When you go to the heart of the campus, you find yourself in your nerve center:Create, an area grouping the many startups. If the central nave is clear, allowing everyone to circulate without clutter, the side sections, whose layout is free, host as for them 24 "villages" housing the various companies.

Finally, young workers will be able to relax in the last part of Station F:Shill. The volume will house an open restaurant 24 / 24h as well as a terrace facing south. An extension of 100 public housing is also planned in 2018 and will be able to host 600 entrepreneurs at affordable prices.

Like the startups that it welcomes, Station F is innovative and sees the big picture as it prepares to put a lot of talents on the road to success.

Photographs: Patrick Tourneboeuf

The project is selected for les ArchiDesignclub Awards 2018inthe Mixed Program category

To learn more, visitArchiDesignclub the Awards site et from Wilmotte & Associés

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