As if taken out of a sci-fi story or Czarist Russia book, train stations are mystic places. Regardless of technological advances or different transport methods, they are an option that does not go out of style; it simply evolves and moves forward with time.
Lorient Multimodal Hub
This high-speed line was designed by AREP, in France, and is part of the project Bretagne à Grande Vitesse (High-speed for Brittany). The platform arranges different types of public transport: interurban buses, trains, and long-haul buses.
The structure of the building is formed by a wooden porch that is reminiscent of the tradition of naval construction, classic in Lorient. The concrete façade also stands out along with the washed concrete that reflects on the double skin reinforced with fiber, which protects the exterior from solar radiation.
Napoli Afragola Station
Zaha Hadid Architects presented one of the main exchange stations in southern Italy that works for four interurban high-speed, three interregional, and one local lines.
The design broadens the public runway over the eight train tracks until they unite and turn into the main passageway, a bridge with facilities and services for passengers who arrive, depart, and have connection trips, it also has access to all the platforms below. Its construction was made on a reinforced concrete base that supports an elevated hall with steel beams coated in Corian with a glass roof.
Rotherham Central Station
As part of the purpose to redevelop the city of Rotherham, United Kingdom, Aedas designed a station with a light structure that incorporates a closed stairway and an elevator core for both platforms, creating a roomy space and adding shade and elongated bases that connect vertical circulation.
It was made of cedar wood to provide a softer interface within the hard palette of industrial materials it employs.
Arnhem Central Station – Transfer terminal
A space with no columns that forms an architectural expression designed around the shape of people who use this place. UNStudio integrated the landscape from Arnhem, Netherlands, for it to flow with the terminal and to be made of different piled features, four floors above ground and two below.
The project was under construction for 20 years and a series of conceptual structural tools were used in its development to shape the geometry of both the landscape and the terminal. “V-walls” were used, bearing concrete that adds natural light to the floors below ground level.