The decision in the 90s to extend the TGV high-speed Paris-London railway to Lille was the trigger for radical transformation of this city in the north-eastern tip of France. The hub of new development was the station. OMA’s masterplan for the TGV station with shops, offices, parking, hotels, residential buildings, concert and conference halls created a nucleus unto itself, not so much linked to its immediate context as providing a broad service offering on a wider European scale.
The mega-structures and huge container-volumes stand somewhere between architecture and urban planning, set apart from the surrounding urban landscape.
The Euravenir office tower designed by LAN occupies the last free plot of the Euralille1 masterplan. It represents a significant break with the 1990s approach to development.
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