The Aix-en-Provence coach station, situated in the immediate vicinity of the historical centre, is the largest in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region with approximately 1900 daily services.
Presenting a strong identity, the bus station’s architecture is based on its use (passenger reception, tracking of coaches, waiting times) and on weather conditions (shelter from sun and rain). Its facilities are designed in line with the public spaces of the city.
It is composed of:
– platforms structured in two parts consisting of transversal platforms connecting to a longitudinal one
– a passengers’ hall connecting the city-dweller to the passenger and the city to the coaches,- different facilities of which four bicycle shelters, the drivers’ break room and a take-away stand
– a main concourse and operational premises housing offices, the control room, waiting areas and shops
– drivers’ room built against the retaining wall. The façade and main operation premises are both made of stone and varnished wood work with a red cedar “brise soleil” or canopy
– partially planted public open spaces.
In terms of noise protection, special efforts were made to keep noise pollution under control for the sake of local residents and users by using noise-protective screens and noise-absorbing materials integrated into the retaining green wall.
Architect: AREP | J.M. Duthilleul, E. Tricaud, IOSIS & ESIS
Client: Pays d’Aix Territoires
Cost of the project: 14 M € (4,5 M€ for the services building and 9,5 M€ for infrastructure works, mainly earthmoving and roads and utilities infrastructure)