New Eurostar ticket offices evoke ‘Golden Age of Travel’

Christopher Jenner has designed a new ticket hall for Eurostar at London’s St Pancras International by marrying classic English and French design and ‘heralding a return to the Golden Age of Travel.’

Eurostar Business Class ticket hall by Christopher Jenner
Eurostar Business Class ticket hall by Christopher Jenner

Jenner was appointed as Eurostar creative director in October 2013 and this is the first major project he has brought to bear.

Prior to his appointment, Jenner worked on a concept design (pictured below) for Eurostar trains envisaging ‘the future of train travel’. 

Christopher Jenner's earlier Eurostar concept design
Christopher Jenner’s earlier Eurostar concept design

The new Standard and Business Class ticket hall opens today and has been designed as an expression of the ‘shared artistic values of English and French culture,’ according to Jenner.

Art Nouveau and Victorian Gothic have been expressed through what Jenner calls ‘a narrative of craft’. He has worked with specialist craftsmen to realise the design.

Eurostar Second Class ticket hall by Christopher Jenner
Eurostar Second Class ticket hall by Christopher Jenner

The Art Nouveau is referenced in the ‘fluidity of sinuous lines which accent the movement of stylised motifs’ while the Victorian Gothic has been referenced through the themes of industrialisation and craft, says Jenner.

In the Standard Class ticket hall Jenner has created a 30m hand-drawn illustration, which has been applied to a photo-etched stainless steel, documenting the journey from London to Paris.

Eurostar Second Class ticket hall by Christopher Jenner
Eurostar Second Class ticket hall by Christopher Jenner

‘It highlights the landmarks and iconic elements within that journey,’ says Jenner.

 ‘Floating’ service desks in both halls are finished with French oak and stainless steel detailing.

Eurostar Business Class ticket hall by Christopher Jenner
Eurostar Business Class ticket hall by Christopher Jenner

In the Business Class ticket hall bespoke walnut cabinets are finished with brass edging while brass fretwork frames walls and ceilings, which are finished in polished venetian plaster.

Jenner says, ‘Capturing two cultures in a single space and unifying their design values’ has been key to the project.

Eurostar Second Class ticket hall by Christopher Jenner
Eurostar Second Class ticket hall by Christopher Jenner

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