Urban places

Saint-Lazare Grand Train Station

Paris, France
Glass assembly for a unique installation inspired by the works of Monet
In the heart of Paris, Grand Central Saint-Lazare, a project by the Ferrier Marchetti Studio, is one of the most complex projects to be undertaken in the French capital over the last decade. On the one hand, it is a restoration project, and on the other, a renovation of an important listed building in the Haussmann style. The architects have been able to create an emotional architecture thanks to the stain glass façades that take their inspiration from Claude Monet's impressionist work and, in particular, with his painting entitled “Gare Saint-Lazare”. Ariño Duglass supplied glass manufactured under environmental sustainability standards that contributes to energy savings in the building's air conditioning.


An innovative new glass assembly process was developed for the project, through which the shades of colours inspired by the colour palette of Monet's paintings have been achieved. 1,700 glass slats were manufactured in different shapes, colours and sizes. The design of the new building is inspired by Monet's Gare Saint-Lazare paintings, and the Ferrier Marchetti Studio brought colour, light and history to the contemporary façade. Its sloping glass surfaces subtly reflect the changing skies and different light qualities throughout the day. On the station side of the building, the glass in the façade also comes from Ariño Duglass, with its DecometalReflec solution, which manages to reflect the old station. Grand Central Saint-Lazare by Ferrier Marchetti Studio has won the MIPIM Architecture Award for Best Office and Business Development project.