An incubator for start-ups
Gleeds worked on the complete renovation of this listed building called La Halle Freyssinet (33,747m²) to become the biggest incubator in the world for start-ups in Paris.
The building is 310m long and 58m high and the project includes 3 independent and distinct entities separated by public covered passages 10m wide.
Station F is an initiative by Xavier Niel, an entrepreneur and investor that has always been deeply committed to supporting the start-up ecosystem. He has built the telecom operator Free, the tuition-free coding school 42 in France and California, the hyper-active early-stage VC firm Kima Ventures. He has also invested in hundreds of start-ups.
STATION F: THE CAMPUS
The Halle Freyssinet was designed between 1927 and 1929 by the engineer Eugène Freyssinet and is an outstanding building made of pre-stressed concrete. The load-bearing structure is exceptionally light thanks to an innovative technique used to apply the concrete.
As a result of this original feature the Halle Freyssinet was listed as a Historical Monument in 2012.
The building was initially used as a trans-shipment hub for trains and trucks and was connected to the railway network of Austerlitz station in Paris.
The 34,000m2 historical monument has been reconverted into a massive start-up hub. The train station-turned-work station will house a unique start-up campus with thousands of members.
On site, you can find:
- A start-up zone, with over 3000+ desks and 10+ international start-up programs, including the STATION F Founders Program for early-stage start-ups.
- A coffee shop and massive 1 000-person restaurant with 4 kitchens and a bar, open 24-7 to the public
- An on-site fab lab for prototyping, powered by TechShop
- A variety of events spaces, including a 360-person auditorium
- Meeting rooms and private offices for mature start-ups, VCs, public services and more
- A co-living space that will house 600 entrepreneurs, opening in 2018.