The dramatic form of the central hall's superstructure derives from one of Calatrava's sculptures: a balanced shape resembling a bird at the point of flight.
The Lyon-Satolas Station is the terminus for the TGV trains connecting the airport to the city of Lyon, 30 kilometers to the south. The almost forty meter tall steel and concrete structure refers to the metaphor of a enormous bird with spread out wings. In the main Hall, opposite the entrance, a 180 meter long Gallery connects the station to the airport terminal. The Gallery can also be accessed directly from the overnight parking area. In the triangular Main Hall the central spine is formed by three arches braced together by diagonal beams. Two large cantilevered balconies penetrate the space. The adjoining concrete service building is fitted with a steel and glass window wall that overlooks the Main Hall.
Keywords: France, Rhone, Lyon, stairway, parking lot, overnight parking, views, transportation spaces,, skylight, arch, glass, metal. Submitted by Robert Livesey.