2018 was the year the world’s largest underground station was given a facelift, showcasing an 11,500 m² glass coat with silver waves.
1,024,505 glass tiles made in France were installed throughout the Châtelet – Les Halles underground station in Paris’ 1st district. In 2008, the architectural firm Patrick Berger & Jacques Anziutti were awarded the contract for Paris’s largest construction project, renovation of the underground stations.This is a place over 750,000 people transit each day, a place where they meet… an iconic place.
Created by the Patrick Berger & Jacques Anziutti architectural agency
The new icon of the Parisian Metro, this curved tile evokes the perpetual, captivating movement of a wave. Its padded effect, depth and coating reflect a wraparound, changing light for a dynamic and elegant look.
The metro glass block was born from the architect’s idea to design a product unavailable on the market. A curved glass block that conveys a singular, enveloping and reassuring light.
The balance of crossover curves
and the depth of the glass are showcased by a highly-technical, premium coating. The pearly chrome colour, with changing glints, shifts from a metallic effect to wraparound warmth.
«The design approach here is to start with the smallest tiles and
gradually progress to the largest», Patrick Berger explains.
Other tiles, almost square in shape.
- 7,4 x 7,5 cm – cope with the curves and geometric diversity of the surfaces, without the need for unsightly cuts.
Architects Patrick Berger & Jacques Anzuitti.
Photos : ©Sergio Grazia