Pedestrian Crossing by Atelier 9.81

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Pedestrian Crossing by Atelier 9.81

Atelier 9.81 of France have inserted a perforated canopy in between a row of houses to create a covered pedestrian walkway in Tourcoing, France.

Pedestrian Crossing by Atelier 9.81

The structure is made from a composite of aluminium and plastic with a series of folds to create a roof over the passage.

Pedestrian Crossing by Atelier 9.81

Graphics are applied to this surface, directing visitors between the new bus station on one side, and a tram and subway station on the other.

Pedestrian Crossing by Atelier 9.81

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Pedestrian Crossing by Atelier 9.81

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Pedestrian Crossing by Atelier 9.81

The following information is from the architects:

Covered pedestrian crossing, downtown Tourcoing (fr)
Geoffrey Galand + Cédric Michel, associated architects

Atelier 9.81 of France have completed a bright red covered pedestrian walkway in Tourcoing, France.

Downtown Tourcoing is currently at the heart of an extensive restructuring, launched a few years ago. All public spaces, streets and squares are being fully renovated, and a large shopping mall with movie theatres will be inaugurated soon. As part of this project, the Metro, tram and bus station come together to offer a true multimodal system.

Pedestrian Crossing by Atelier 9.81

The project of a covered pedestrian crossing for downtown Tourcoing is born of this new direct relationship between transportation modes (with the bus station on one side and the trams and subway on of the other), between the Place du Doctor Roux and the Place Charles et Albert Roussel. The pedestrian crossing will fit into a row of townhouses of the same style, taking the place of one of them. By breaking thus with the alignment, the pedestrian crossing asserts itself visually, with the orange-red hues used on the open gables and by the constitution of a retro glassed facade, lit up at night.

Pedestrian Crossing by Atelier 9.81

Stepping into the void thus constituted, the project consists in erecting a canopy representing an urban origami; Fine sheet of graphic Alucobond, a support for the signage designed with this project in mind. Spread out over a 20-meter-long, 4.5-meter-wide area, this sheet reveals numerous complex folds and height variations, from which it derives its uniqueness.

Pedestrian Crossing by Atelier 9.81

The covering ends in a notable slope, signalling the pedestrian crossing from the Tram terminus and the entrance to the shopping mall and Metro. The crossing’s floor is made of gray granite pavement, an extension of the planned layout for all downtown public spaces.

Pedestrian Crossing by Atelier 9.81

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Project management: Atelier 9.81 - urbanist architects, Geoffrey Galand + Cédric Michel - architects, Lucie Vandenbunder - project chief, IOSISgroup - BE generalist, Les Produits de l’Épicerie - graphic designers
Project owner: SEM Ville Renouvelée
Project Information: Covered pedestrian crossing between two public squares
Project surface: 150 M2 of covered crossing
Budget: 400,000 euros (excluding taxes)
Planning: Delivery in September 2010

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  • jean de lessard

    une deconstruction et un mouvement du material absolument magnifique. Le graphisme est à l'Avenant. Bravo à vous

  • bill

    Arrows to show you the way, brilliant!


    Not bad… simple materials, optimistic effect!

  • Coebu

    Very nice effect with an easy and clear idea. Well done!

  • JuiceMajor

    Small joy. We need more things like this in our life!

    Every little helps indeed!