0222 Beaumont Eurorennes, Rennes, FR
Atelier Kempe Thill won the European competition for the construction of a mixed-use complex at Rennes Central Station in France. The project site is located on a plot along the train tracks next to the Rennes station and belongs to the EuroRennes development. The Beaumont site is part of the master plan by the Parisian office FGP by Philippe Gazeau and Louis Paillard and Agence Ter. The program involves approximately 25,000 square meters of development for offices, retail, housing, and an underground parking garage.
The built volume is divided into a one-story-high plinth of mainly retail and entrance spaces for the offices and the apartments. On top of this plinth, three volumes will be situated: two offices buildings and a housing tower. One of the main challenges of the project is to achieve—within the high programmatic and volumetric density—the desired urban porosity, good views, and as much sunlight as possible for all spaces. The buildings are therefore thinned at the edges of the plot in order to widen the spaces between the buildings toward outside.
The concept of the façade takes the rationalist poetry of the Rennes-based late modernist architect Georges Maillol as a point of departure. The façades are set up in a grid of prefabricated concrete columns and beams with large aluminum windows in between. Office buildings and housing are treated in a similar way to form a coherent ensemble that reflects the scale of the zone along the railway tracks.
0222 Beaumont Eurorennes
mix-use complex at Rennes Central Station
architecture office Atelier56S, Rennes, France
invited competition, first prize, under construction
Legendre Immobilier, Rennes, France