A beautiful "canopy of light" resurrects the Guangzhou East Railway Station in China

June 23, 2017 by  
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One of the biggest railway terminals in China recently received an extensive renovation that shelters the main entrance with a beautiful “canopy of light.” The Architectural design and Research Institute of SCUT renovated the landmark Guangzhou East Railway Station by installing artificial landscape elements, repairing the public spaces , and introducing a series of amenities that meet the requirements of a modern railway station. The station was constructed in the mid 1990s, and it suffered from poorly organized of circulation and ventilation routes. Guangzhou won the bid to host the 2010 Asian Games, which provided it with the opportunity to upgrade the station and convert it into the valuable public space it’s supposed to be. Related: Renovated Paris Rail Station Will House 1000 Start-Ups! The architects cut several openings into the floor to allow natural light to filter inside. They moved the main entrance from the ground floor to the upper level and created a curved glass canopy that protects pedestrians from excessive sunlight and rain. All the metal elements are modular , and they were prefabricated in local factories and installed on site. A recent renovation round, executed six years after the Asian Games, introduced smaller elements like a loop-shaped kiosk, translucent curtains beneath the roof and other public amenities. + Architectural design and Research Institute of SCUT Photos by Liky Lam

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New Utrecht Central Station houses train, bus and tram transport under one undulating roof

December 12, 2016 by  
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Utrecht Central Station, the city’s largest and busiest train station , has officially opened. Designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects , the new transit hub will house train, bus and tram platforms under one undulating roof. The waves of the roof don’t just look good, they help passengers orient themselves within the complex, with the train station under the tallest wave and the tram and bus stations housed under the lower waves. The station has been in development since 2003 as a replacement for the previous building which could not handle the rising number of commuters. Three times its original size, the new complex integrates different transport modes. Its most prominent features is the undulating roof that looks like a wave that radiates dynamic movement and helps passengers orientate themselves. Related: 6 Incredible Futuristic Train Stations The highest point of the wave is above the train station, while its lowest parts on each side contain the tram and bus stations. Glass skylights provide abundant natural light and also function as smoke hatches. Strips of LED lights on the ceiling emphasize the undulating movement. The station offers views of the city as well as trains and tracks. + Benthem Crouwel Architects Photos by Jannes Linders

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Mecanoo designs gorgeous green-roofed train station for Kaohsiung

June 9, 2016 by  
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Set on an 8.5-hectare site with a sunken station plaza, the 182,000-square-meter Kaohsiung Train Station will be a major transit hub serving trains, metros, local buses, intercity buses, taxis, and bicycles. A 35,000-square-meter green canopy sprawls out across the square like an amoeba and extends rounded arms that connect the various forms of transport. The underside of the canopy continues the organic motif with asymmetrical oval-like ceiling sound panels and lights, as well as large rounded skylights. Related: Mecanoo wins competition to design the Tainan Public Library with natural materials “The station’s large curvilinear shaped canopy reaches out to the city in a powerful gesture, acting as a green connector that unifies different modes of transport, and represents Kaohsiung’s vision for the future as a sustainable city,” writes Mecanoo. The landscaped canopy shields a shaded open public plaza from the harsh sun and offers a space for community events such as farmers’ markets and festivals. The architects will also move the colonial Japanese station building to the project site to showcase an interesting juxtaposition between traditional and contemporary design. The project is expected to be complete by 2023. + Mecanoo Via NOW News Images via Mecanoo

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Mecanoo completes the new Delft train station

March 6, 2015 by  
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EMBT and Elizabeth de Portzamparc To Design Two Iconic Train Stations in Paris

October 13, 2014 by  
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SOM Reveals Airy Plans for All Aboard Florida’s Ft. Lauderdale Station

July 14, 2014 by  
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A new rail network will connect the southern tip of Florida to the center of the state, and SOM just revealed the latest plans for the Ft. Lauderdale Station. All Aboard Florida is a privately owned rail line that will start in Miami at the Multimodal Hub , then travel north through Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and up to Orlando. SOM is working with local architect Zyscovich Architects to design this and all the other stations. These naturally daylit and airy structures will serve as the perfect launching pads for travel up and down the Florida coast for visitors and locals alike. Read the rest of SOM Reveals Airy Plans for All Aboard Florida’s Ft. Lauderdale Station Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , all aboard florida , eco design , eco train station , florida , ft. lauderdale , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green transportation , high speed rail , rail network , Skidmore Owings & Merrill , SOM , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , train station , transit hub , transit station , zyscovich architects

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SOM Unveils Miami Multimodal Hub for All Aboard Florida’s New Rail Network

May 30, 2014 by  
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Vertical Hyper-Speed Train Hub Literally Flips High Speed Rail on its Head

March 21, 2014 by  
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JAJA Architects Reinevent the Parking Garage into a Green Community Gathering Space with Park ‘n’ Play

March 21, 2014 by  
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700-Ton Historic Swiss Railway Station Moved 108 Feet to Make Way For New Track

July 19, 2013 by  
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When new roads or railways are constructed, any buildings standing in their way are usually demolished. However in Chêne-Bourg, Switzerland, local authorities were reluctant to knock down a 19th-century railway station to make way for a new track. Instead, they came up with a 1.3 million Euro plan to move the 700-ton station 108 feet out of the way! Read the rest of 700-Ton Historic Swiss Railway Station Moved 108 Feet to Make Way For New Track Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chêne-Bourg , Gare des Eaux-Vives , moving building , railway station , Switzerland        

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