by Snell in Architecture on Wednesday 16 July 2008

We came across this building a while ago by French architects EDCM, but as information at the time was only in French, it was all a bit tough – just like this building. Made of a road, an undulating concrete skin concaves from flat into walls and convexes from walls into roofs. The surface is a high performance concrete with a raised texture named Ductal, which is cut back in areas to reveal coloured glazing creating a beautiful effect of rough tough and fragile tough. The fact that the building is a bus center says so much about being on — or in — the road.