Euralille station: Not only for take the train!
Lille is at the heart of the European network of Trains to Big Speed (TGV) and one decided to re-use 120 hectares of military domain for the creation of a train station in report to the important request. Rem Koolhas was the designated architect to coordinate the works. They begins in 1991, in the middle of the historic heart, fortunately causing only damages minors.
The result: a body before keeps, the principal building resembles a curious one "pinball". A commercial very frequented center, with many shops will do the happiness of the "shoppers"
I must acknowledge that we have not really to visit: the shops and stores being closed on Sundays. That has not that of disabilities: the streets surroundings are quieter.
Lille est au coeur du réseau européen de Trains à Grande Vitesse (TGV) et on décida de réaffecter 120 ha de domaine militaire pour la création d'une gare en rapport à la demande importante. Rem Koolhas fut l'architecte désigné pour coordonner les travaux.
ils commence en 1991, en plein coeur historique, heureusement ne causant que des dégâts mineurs.
Le résultat: un ensemble d'avant garde, le bâtiment principal ressemble à un curieux "flipper". Un centre commercial très fréquenté, avec de nombreuses boutiques fera le bonheur des "shoppers"
Je dois avouer que nous n'avons pas vraiment visiter: les boutiques et magasins étant fermés le dimanche. Cela n'a pas que des désavantages: les rues alentours sont plus tranquilles.
This huge shopping centre is home to about 140 shops and sits between the two train stations of Lille. You can shop for more or less anything here. There is a huge supermarket, holiday apartments, restaurants and a night club to name but a few of the things on offer in this modern shopping and leisure complex.
This is the new part of Lille.It is built round The Lille Europe train station.It's very modern.There is also a big shopping center,parcs and museums.The building on this picture is called The pinball machine by the people who live in Lille.
Euralille is a good example of using a crossing point to create new transport cities.
Koolhaas designed an amazing complex of buildings that extract considerable advantage of this hub. The places tends towards a city within a city, virtually self-sufficient save the food, fuel and energy required to keep the place running. Euralille shows us a form of vision of the future, where infrastructure makes it possible to energize a region and bring together the promise of an integrated landscape of architecture, urbanism and infrastructure.
This complex of buildings can also be seen as a symbol of the Union of Europe. It is financed by the European Union and it's the gate to the mainland of Europe, being actually the border crossing point for train travelers coming from England to France, Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands.
"Architects, for the first time in several decades, are being solicited for their power to physically articulate new visions," said the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. "Once again one feels a belief in the propagandistic nature of architecture."
Douglas Coupland (The New York Times, September 11, 1994):
To walk within the nearly complete complex at Lille is to taste the mythology of Europe, 1992 -- its sense of optimism and, as Mr. Koolhaas states, its "drastic interventions across the territory" by projects exactly like Euralille or the truck-clogged conveyor-belt freeway system that has turned Europe into a de facto Fordian assembly line.
Euralille looks and feels as if a lunar research station has crash-landed onto a small, respectable French market town. This is meant as a compliment. When boarding high-speed trains to Brussels, you feel: Something is happening here. But what? The future is happening far faster than anybody ever thought it would.