ecdm: RATP bus center
 
ecdm: RATP bus center
jan 03, 2010

ecdm: RATP bus center

RATP bus center by ecdm all photos by p.ruault, b.fougeirol, courtesy of ecdm architects

 

 

 

RATP bus center by french firm ecdm (emmanuel combarel dominique marrec architectes) is a centre which accommodates 300 buses. approximately 800 bus drivers pass through the building every day, plus the administrative staffs which manages the centre. aside from the administrative building, the program included the realization of a new checkpoint of the centre and a bike shelter. located in an industrial context in ile de france, the building is characterized by a succession of boxes.

ecdm: RATP bus center

 

 

 

for their design they reduced the site to a bus park, consisting of a large concrete slab.the building starts with the deformation of the ground, the distortion of the existing concrete slab, and continues with a similar material ductal ®, still concrete which responds to very sophisticated demands: informality of the structure, constant evolution of the plans, dematerialization, precision, density, homogeneity of aspect according to the mould designed.it ensures a continuity of the ground from the road, to the skin of the façades, the suspended ceilings and the terrace rooftop without any rupture. combined with the structural qualities of the material, the building has neither a beginning nor an end.

ecdm: RATP bus center

 

 

 

the building is a dense square plan (35m x 35m) developed on 2 levels, it presents itself as the continuity of the banal coating of the roads, like a piece stamped from distorting the existing concrete surface of the bus center. the ductal ® is used here as a morphing to cover the carcass of a composite program. the ‘windows’ are cut with a cutter blade: surgical incisions generating volumes in negative which reveal colored mirrors under the thin crust of concrete. the skin: 3 cm thick displays a single texture of dots in relief like a game of ‘lego’: 24 mm diameter x 7 mm high, with a distance of 12 mm. the concrete hull is cut out with a cutter, revealing cavities of reflective and coloured glass under the concrete crust. the facade is treated with silver mirror dots. chromatics of the glass products are influenced by the tinted curtain wall frontages of the office buildings which border the main road.

ecdm: RATP bus center

ecdm: RATP bus center

 

ecdm: RATP bus center elevation drawing

ecdm: RATP bus center

ecdm: RATP bus center

ecdm: RATP bus center site plan

ecdm: RATP bus center

ecdm: RATP bus center

section view

 

 

ecdm: RATP bus center floor plan

ecdm: RATP bus center floor plan

  • Like the pirelli style tile facades and the way they cove to paving. and the extensive use of glass and the primary colors. Enlivens what could be a very boring office building by uninspired.

    mArkW
  • Very interesting design. I believe the photos are of the administration block; the large rectangle at the top (second diagram) show a large rectangular area which would accommodate the buses. The Lego look I have never seen before in a building and the way it merges into the landscape makes for an aesthetic whole.

    Jetwax
  • Very interesting but I can’t see how the buses coming in and going out.

    Seungho Lee

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