Seen from a symbolic and sentimental point of view, the station has for countless years been a gateway to the world, a setting for thronging crowds, sad or joyful departures and reunions, the delight of artists and film directors. Now, in the early 21st century, the station has undergone a dramatic change, one that until recently would have been inconceivable. It is a change linked to increase mobility and a growing need for urban cohesion. The station has become the focal point for convergence and encounters aroud a vast range of activites, democratising luxury through the beauty and architecture of its spaces.
This book explore a selection of a selection of some 40 stations that have been created or transformed over the last thirty years in France and across the world by a team of architects, designers and engineers who, guided by Jean-Marie Duthilleul and Etienne Tricaud, were to reinvent the contemporary station and give birth to AREP.