Redevelopment of the subway stations surroundings line B in Rennes

Urban study and sketch of public spaces for the subway stations surroundings of line B in Rennes

The second subway line in Rennes serves the historical center, the university, the northern neighborhoods and the main urban projects of the city.
The redevelopments of the station’s surroundings are opportunities to rethink public spaces, enable by the new travel plan, but especially to set up territorial and urban projects at the neighborhoods scale.
Based on those operational sketches, the projects of 18 stations are direct operations while the others are outsourced.

Subway station Cleunay

On the territorial scale a huge promenade that put through the subway station, the neighborhood with the Vilaine and the Stade Rennais.
At a crossroads the subway is think as new centrality for the neighborhood to welcome shops, housings and a market.

Subway station Mabilais

With the new subway a huge promenade allows to put through the subway station with the Vilaine and the other neighborhood.

This promenade is the outcome of a new square around the subway, the church, its cloister and its garden.

Subway station Colombier

The Colombier neighborhood, last construction on slab in France, has cut the continuities and the urban fabric. The new subway station is the opportunity to put back the continuity of the historical center and the biggest city shopping center.
The scale of the contemporary city is restituted by a garden-square that registers in the wooded continuity at the metropolis scale.

A large garden-square

Restitute the "contemporary" city soil unity, put through the courthouse and the square Charles de Gaulle

Put through Colombier and the historical center

A wooden garden-square

Subway station Saint Germain

The historical center of Rennes is the subject, at the occasion of the arrival of the subway line b, of the redevelopment of a certain number of squares associated with it. The Saint-Germain square registers in this mechanism. From those fragmentary actions the whole squares will be redesigned and networking to constitute a system of squares and garden-streets.

The medieval square restitutes the space of the church and le the subway square the one of the superimposed urban fabric. The whole rest on the unitary soil of the Vilaine’s plain from the city hall square until the Saint-Georges palace. These dispositions are made possible by the extension of the pedestrian plateau.

Subway station Jules Ferry

The design of the Jules Ferry station surroundings has been extended to create a large promenade linking the high school, the law faculty and the parc des Prairies Saint-Martin. Around the station, these disposals reorganized the urban fabric with new housings and the reconversion of the Archives building.

Where we see the subway station, the new housings, the Archives building and the promenade towards the Prairies Saint-Martin

Subway station Gros Chêne

The subway station Gros Chêne allows to rethink the East-West framework between the street de Fougère and the Ille’s valley while redirecting the neighborhood and the commercial poles towards the station and this framework.

A Cardo / Decumanus around the subway

Subway station Joliot Curie

The meeting of two urban morphologies, city-parc and allotments, allows to define the boulevard de Vitré’s character and its treatment.
To the main public devices and the subway station are joined a series of forecourts.
Public spaces are no longer thought in an archetypal way nor independents but made of the assembly of spanned urban fabrics whose uses define their nature.

Link the main city devices





Meeting between city-park and city-garden

A large promenade linking the forecourts for high schools and the subway

The morphological assembly of the city constitutes the typology of the public space.

Sponsor
City of Rennes
Situation
Rennes - 48° 7'2.16"N - 1°40'40.05"O
Partners
Rennes Métropole - Infrastructure Branch
Date
2015 - 2020