RER C, the underpasses of the Gare des Invalides

Since 1996, SNCF has used the summer season, when passenger numbers fall, to renovate the infrastructure on line C of the RER. This year several stations will be revamped, and Invalides station is one of them. The renovation is expected to be completed in the course of 2017, but the station will partially reopen on Sunday, 28 August 2016.
Elevation of Invalides Station | Architect: J. Lisch | (c) Réunion des Musées Nationaux - Grand Palais

For this occasion, SNCF Gares & Connexion asked AREP to put a spotlight on the changes and improvement works that the station has gone through.


AREP proposed to showcase some of the highlights of the station, which was designed by architect Juste Lisch in 1900. By bringing together three specialities (architecture, cultural heritage management and scenography) the project approaches this space in a sensitive and meaningful way in order to represent  the historical marks of this complex site.


Less is more: revealing insights at RER station Invalides

Thanks to cutting techniques, commuters will be able to peep through the finely cut out modern layers at the historic pillars of the façade. The lighting effects and the display of the archives extend the installation into the passengers building.

Unveiling Invalides station


Interactive plan of Invalides station before the 2017 summer works
(click on the pink bullet points)