At the back of the enormous Gare Montparnasse complex one finds an urban development that hardly anyone will link to the original artists quarter that gave the name "Montparnasse" to the area (In Greece, the place of residence of the 9 Muses). The new development was meant to become the new "rive gauche" business center in the 1960s. Since then, it has been extended by a number of architects with big city ambitions, amongst them Ricardo Bofill with his Place de Catalogne. (Google Map) I don't like Bofill's mock-classic style, but on a sunny evening in late spring, his Place de Séoul, adjacent to Place de Catalogne, seems like a better idea of "dense packing" than the enormous buildings "immeuble Mouchotte" and "immeuble Pasteur" enclosing the "Parc Atlantique" behind the Montparnasse train station.
These images belong to the series "Reflets - Réflexions" that I have been working on for a number of years.

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We approach the area by rue du Texel, where we get a first glimpse of one of the train station's buildings:

Gare Montparnasse de la rue du Texel

The building to the left in the image above, at the end of rue du Texel, reflects the old-style houses in its windows:

Rue du Texel


Going closer to the station building, it "deconstructs" the very strict façade of the Hôtel Méridien:

Hôtel Méridien Montparnasse

The Place de Catalogne with Bofill's architecture is reflected in the façade of the Hôtel Concorde Montparnasse:

Place de Catalogne (Hotel Concorde Montparnasse)

Place des 5 Martyrs du Lycée Buffon, one can see the buildings at the rear of the Gare Montparnasse complex, somewhat "transformed", as in the first image above:

Place des 5 Martyrs du Lycée Buffon "Bahnhofsschiff"

Montparnasse"Stürzende Neubauten" (No, Frank Gehry was not here!)

Another train station of this enormous complex: Gare Vaugirard, Montparnasse 3:

Gare Vaugirard Montparnasse 3


After Andreas Gurski's treatment of the Mouchotte-wing of the Montparnasse complex (see here for example), it is difficult for a photographer to approach the subject. To avoid any undue comparison, I have taken a view of the building from the Jardin Atlantique and captured its reflection in the neighbouring office building.

Jardin Atlantique (Montparnasse)


And finally, we go to the peace and quiet of Bofill's Place de Séoul:

Place de Seoul