Revegetation of Metro
Jardins de Babylone stages the revegetation of the Jaurès metro station!
First station to go green, with the Bel Air station, Jaurès stop of the airline 6 will be transformed in September 2017. In order to honor the commitments made during the consultation users in October (see box) , the RATP commissioned the team of specialists in innovative vegetation, Jardins de Babylone, to imagine a plant scenario and surprise its users.
While respecting the architecture of metal, glass and stone of this type of Parisian stations, the project plans to dress the walls but also the pillars and roofs of existing structures. In addition to the technical and vegetal challenge for permanent installation, the teams of Jardins de Babylone must respect a tight schedule since the installations will be put in place between the months of October and November next, during the night to preserve the tranquility of the users.
A revegetation project rooted in the desire to “Reinvent the Metropolis of Greater Paris”
Proposed and elected by the users of the Parisian metro, the revegetation of metro stations is part of the willingness of the Paris city to develop the local biodiversity by planting greeneries in the city. The plants that will use to the metro station will come as well in the majority of the Parisian basin and will include the selection among the 145 plant species originating in the Paris region.
If some plants are already widespread in the green spaces, others are virtually non-existent of the urban landscape and thus will be reintegrated into the spaces of the metro between heaven and earth.
Elements of plant architecture designed as unique pieces for the station Jaurès
Designed to create a plant architecture in harmony with the Parisian style of the place, the support structures of the plant elements are made-to-measure. The materials, whose estimated lifespan must be greater than 15 years, are chosen to adapt to the mineral environment and provide an organic touch that was previously lacking to users.
Several plant works have been imagined to dress the entire station:
The Marquise of plant
On the docks, a vegetable canopy will traverse the glass ceiling thanks to removable planters inserted into the corners of the metal beams. Like trees, climbing plants will unfold in height to slide along the canopy. The integration of vegetation on the air platforms will amplify the feeling of opening to the outside.
The use of metal beams as support makes it possible to highlight the plantations and accentuate the architectural singularity of the place. This part of the station is to rework in relation to technical constraints. The final form will be known only in 2/3 weeks.
In terms of access to the quays on the ground floor, the plants will be integrated into the existing architectural elements. Around the support columns of the higher ways, vegetal vortexes, inspired by Kawamata’s works, will come to wind naturally.
Crossed wooden cladding will hide the planters in height, from where the plants will unfold to fall as and when. The plant will intertwine in the wooden structure to accentuate the natural universe of the vortex.
At the level of the support walls of the tracks, bins inspired by saprophytic mushrooms (found along the tree bark) will bring both organic touches and touches of greenery all along the route of the trail. user.
Randomly arranged, in the image of nature, these vegetable incrustations will immerse the public in a wild environment integrated to the walls of Paris.
Finally, the reception areas at the entrance of the resorts will also be merged into this natural environment. To give free access to internal traffic spaces, greening will come down from the roofs, all around the building, to plunge travelers into the plant world from the entrance of the station.
In order to ensure the life of this living environment and to limit water consumption, Jardins de Babylone has selected a vegetable palette that is resistant to lack of water.
Thanks to this vegetal presentation, Jardins de Babylone composes with two parameters integrating with the existing architectural heritage a floristic heritage native to the region.
Its goal is to raise the user’s awareness of floristic heritage and improve the user experience in the short term, but also to allow the user to passively reintroduce rare native species from the Paris Basin with the help of his Navigo Pass.
A project of re-vegetation initiated and supported by the Parisian
The project “revegetation of metro” stations is the project that received the most votes from users during the call for ideas launched in October 2016 by RATP.
As a result of this initiative, 2,211 proposals were received in order to keep 15 of them. The online votes on the RATP website brought together more than 47,000 participants to decide on 5 selected proposals that the RATP will implement.