Place Alphonse Fiquet

Amiens - France


Amiens – France

Amiens wants to place its railway station at the heart of a vast urban project. Over the years, this historic gateway to the Picardy capital will become a real place of life and exchange, an integral part of a city centre undergoing major changes.

An artistic work and a complete redevelopment of the square into an “Octopus garden” in connection with the imagination of Jules Vernes will enliven the square colonized by 120 bamboos of about ten meters.

Bamboo, a vernal plant whose structural and aesthetic qualities have inspired artists and engineers, attracts biodiversity, birds and freshness. It should therefore correct the hyper-mineral character of the station square and install the landscape setting of the luminous work.

The last phase of the Octopus Garden is underway, the installation of a giant squid sculpture imagined by François Schuiten in connection with the novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1869-1870), which will be executed by the sculptor Pierre Matter. The aim of the Town Hall is to make a strong statement in the city about the presence of the writer buried in the Madeleine cemetery.

A link with the city centre, the station square is a gateway to the Ideal Valley district and further out to the sea. It appeals to our imaginations.

Public space
Subject mastery
Heritage project
Military heritage
Shared space
Ecological management
Urban square

  • Development of the station square in Amiens
    Winning project
  • Amiens Aménagement Développement
    Master plan and landscape (Contractor)
    SCHUITEN COPYRIGHT- Architecture / sculpture
    Atelier AUDIBERT lighting design
    LEMERCIER Joanie – Pierre MATTER
  • 3500m²

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