The halle Freyssinet, formerly known as “Messageries d’Austerlitz”, is a 310 metres long by 58 metres wide shed for goods transhipment which was built in the late 1920s by French engineer Eugène Freyssinet. This remarkable building in prestressed reinforced concrete is located in the urban renewal area of the Paris Rive Gauche Mixed Development Area.
This innovative technique for applying concrete was used to provide the shed with an exceptionally slender loadbearing structure (less than 5 cm thick at the roof ridge in certain places). Preserving, restoring and modernizing this “rough-cast concrete umbrella” – listed in the Supplementary Inventory of Historic Monuments since 2012 – was a real challenge.
It was necessary to give new energy to this historic building, break its isolation by including two public passages through it, providing space for 3,000 workstations, and introducing new significant architectural elements. The former halle Freyssinet now houses STATION F, a 1,000 startup campus, which is a workplace that gathers all the services required for entrepreneurial and digital creation activities.
It aims at creating a greater coherence for a startup ecosystem that was previously fragmented. STATION F is made up of 3 distinct zones: the “Share” forum for digital sharing and interaction, the “Create” zone in the centre of the shed dedicated to startup work spaces, and the “Chill” zone that hosts a 3,500 sq.m restaurant.
STATION F is an urban, architectural and human project developed around a central axis that is the size of the Eiffel Tower!Project dataProject’s name: Station F – 1,000 startup campus Address: 5 parvis Alan Turing – 75013 ParisSurface area: 34,000 sq.m Client: SDECN/Station FClient‘s Assistant: REDMANDeveloper: SEMAPALandscape designer: D’ICI-LAArchitect: MOMLighting designer: COUP D’ECLATEngineering consultants: ARTELIAProject design & construction management team membersArchitect: WILMOTTE & ASSOCIESHistoric Monuments Architect: 2BDMStructural engineering consultants: SAS MIZRAHIFacade consultants: ARCORAHVAC engineering consultants: TRANSSOLARBuilding services engineering consultants: BARBANELAcoustics consultants: LASAScheduling, supervision & coordination / Construction management: CICADQuantity Surveyor: GLEEDSFurniture designer: WILMOTTE & INDUSTRIESKey figures1,000 startups9,000 people (capacity of the building)3,000 workstations for startups1 Fablab1,370-seat auditorium8 event spaces4 kitchens2 cafés-barTimeline2012: inclusion of the shed in the Supplementary Inventory ofHistoric Monuments24.09.2013: official announcement of the projectDecember 2013: submission of the Building Permit applicationApril 2014: obtention of the Building PermitDecember 2014: start of construction workJune 2016: Halle Freyssinet / 1,000 Startups became STATIO N F29.06.2017: official opening (Share & Create zones)May 2018 : opening of the Chill zone.