Amsterdam opens new metro line with seven stations by Benthem Crouwel Architects

Benthem Crouwel Architects has designed seven new metro stations for the new Noord/Zuidlijn line through Amsterdam, which opened this week. Amsterdammers and tourists alike can now traverse the six mile north-south route through the city in just 15 minutes, 22 years after the project began. Dutch architecture firm Benthem Crouwel Architects has designed seven stations

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Snøhetta to renovate historic Detroit station for Ford innovation centre

Architecture firm Snøhetta plans to transform Detroit’s Michigan Central Station into a research hub for car company Ford, with proposals for a “collaborative ecosystem” of professionals to develop self-driving vehicles. The Corktown Campus project will involve the overhaul of the historic building, which has been in disrepair for 30 years since Amtrak last used the

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Grimshaw and Wilkinson Eyre appointed to design HS2 stations

Grimshaw Architects and Wilkinson Eyre have been selected, alongside engineers Arup and WSP, to design stations in Birmingham and London for the high-speed rail network HS2 . Grimshaw Architects will work with WSP’s UK office to create a station for HS2 services at Birmingham Curzon Street, while Wilkinson Eyre and Arup will design the Birmingham Interchange station. Grimshaw Architects and Arup

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Brooks + Scarpa drapes wavy metal screen over Seattle transit station

California architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa has wrapped a Seattle transit facility in an undulated, blue aluminium screen that was influenced by a dance performance. The Angle Lake Transit Station and Plaza is located on a seven-acre (2.8-hectare) site in the city’s SeaTac neighbourhood. It serves as a stop along an elevated light rail line that

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Zaha Hadid Architects completes first phase of high-speed rail station in Naples

Zaha Hadid Architects has completed the first section of a new high-speed train station on the outskirts of southern Italian city Naples, which is set to open this weekend. Napoli-Afragola High Speed Train Station was conceived as a bridge, with the concourse elevated above the train tracks. London-based Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) envisions that it will be

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Foster + Partners to design seven new stations for Sydney Metro

Foster + Partners has won a competition to create a chain of seven stations along an extension of the Sydney Metro, which will tunnel beneath the city’s harbour. Norman Foster’s London-based practice will design stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Martin Place, Pitt Street, Waterloo and Barangaroo – where fellow London architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has just completed a trio of skyscrapers. The

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“Crystalline” roof by Theo Hotz zigzags over Vienna Central Station

A+Awards: Swiss firm Theo Hotz Partner Architekten has created an undulating cover for platforms at Vienna’s Central Station, which received an Architizer A+Award last year. The new sculptural roof was added during an overhaul of the station, located south of the city centre in an area undergoing extensive regeneration. The project formed part of a

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Undulating roof covers Benthem Crouwel’s rail and bus station in Utrecht

A wave-like roof covers this vast transport hub in Utrecht designed by Dutch firm Benthem Crouwel Architects for the largest railway station in the Netherlands. Made up of train, bus and tram platforms, the new Utrecht Central Station is three times the size of the city’s original transport hub. It is the third Dutch station completed by Benthem

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“With a good culture war, you can ignore the real reason why British transport architecture is so grim”

The problem with Britain’s railway stations isn’t anything to do with style, it’s that they are all just malls waiting to happen, argues Owen Hatherley in his latest Opinion column. It never usually bodes well when a government minister decides to pass judgment on architecture. And so it was when John Hayes – the newly appointed transport minister

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Elongated cabins by Kamvari Architects to be built along Trans-Siberian Railway

Kamvari Architects has won a contest to design pit stops along the world’s longest railway line, by proposing a series of wooden cabins that look like elephants’ trunks. The London-based studio won first prize in the competition calling for customer facilities at points along the Trans-Siberian Railway, a 9,289-kilometre route that connects Moscow with the Russian Far East. The studio’s winning

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BIG wins Paris Metro competition with looping station design

Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group has revealed its plans for a loop-shaped station on a new stretch of the Paris Metro.  BIG designed the Pont de Bondy station with French studio Silvio d’Ascia Architecture. The station will form part of the Grand Paris Express, a new set of lines that will extend the city’s existing metro system by 200 kilometres. One section of the

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Rasem Kamal proposes warren of subterranean services for Jordan’s Wadi Rum

Architect Rasem Kamal has proposed a network of burrow-like spaces that would sprawl out beneath a UNESCO-protected valley in the Jordan desert. Kamal, an architect and designer at the Basel office of Oppenheim Architecture, drew up plans for the 180,000-square-metre site for his thesis project at the Rice School of Architecture in Texas. His Wadi Rum Excavated Sanctuaries – a complex containing

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Koen van Velsen Architects creates patchwork brick walls for new bus and rail station in Holland

Koen van Velsen Architects has created a new transport hub in Dutch city Breda, featuring a huge entrance canopy and a variety of brickwork styles (+ slideshow). The vast Breda public transport terminal contains a bus and train station. It forms part of the wider urban development of the city, which is in the south of the Netherlands, More

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Calatrava’s Oculus at the World Trade Center photographed by Hufton + Crow

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava’s vast ribbed structure that soars over the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York is captured in these images by British photography duo Hufton + Crow (+ slideshow). Known as the Oculus, the building is designed to bring light down into the subterranean rail station and shopping centre that quietly More

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“Railroad stations are our contemporary architecture of democracy”

Opinion: the golden age of airports is over, says Aaron Betsky. Railways have trumped air travel with better-designed terminals that are the epitome of contemporary democracy. We are living in a new Terminal Age. Not since trunk lines erected their ornate termini in European cities in the third quarter of the 19th century have we More

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Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center transit terminal to quietly open next week

The World Trade Center Transportation Hub, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, is scheduled to partially open next week in Lower Manhattan, more than a decade after work began. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the terminal, has not announced a specific date, saying only that the building will open More

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Benthem Crouwel’s new station for The Hague brings light in through a patterned glass roof

Dutch firm Benthem Crouwel Architects has rebuilt the central railway station in The Hague with a huge diamond-patterned glass roof (+ slideshow). Now open, the new 20,000 square-metre Den Haag Centraal station in the Dutch city replaces an old 1970s structure, creating a new light-filled terminal for trains, trams and buses. Benthem Crouwel Architects – which was also More

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AZPML’s Birmingham New Street Station renovation revealed in new images

New photographs show the undulating form of AZPML’s recently completed £750-million renovation of Birmingham New Street Station (+ slideshow). The London firm co-founded by architects Alejandro Zaera-Polo, former dean of Princeton’s School of Architecture, and Maider Llaguno, reshaped Birmingham’s existing 1960s station to increase its capacity to 52 million passengers per year. The undulating stainless-steel cladding added around the old station More

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SOM reveals images of new waiting room at proposed Penn Station complex in New York

US architecture firm SOM has released new images of the proposed Moynihan Train Hall expansion at New York’s Pennsylvania Station, which would turn an old post office into a grand waiting room for Amtrak. The 486,000-square-foot (45,000-square-metres) hall would feature a curved glass roof set inside the 1903 Farley Post Office building, originally designed by McKim, More

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Huge steel roof oversails glazed waiting area at Barneveld Centrum station by NL Architects

Amsterdam studio NL Architects has completed a waiting area for a station in the Dutch town of Barneveld, featuring glass walls and a large cantilevered roof (+ slideshow). Barneveld Centrum station is one of 20 stations identified by Dutch rail operator ProRail as sites in need of upgrading to improve the waiting experience for passengers. It is situated More

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UNStudio’s new station for Arnhem photographed by Hufton + Crow

These new pictures by photography duo Hufton + Crow reveal the curvaceous form of UNStudio’s new transport terminal in Arnhem, the Netherlands (+ slideshow). The £27 million Station Arnhem opened to the public last month, nearly 20 years after Amsterdam-based UNStudio won the competition to both design the new building and overhaul the surrounding public More

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Studio Egret West reveals designs for future London Underground stations

Studio Egret West has unveiled a “revolutionary new design vision” for London Underground stations of the future (+ slideshow). The design manifesto developed by the London studio prescribes design details “from pavement to platform”, including more eye-catching tube station entrances, subdued lighting and blue tiling. Developed with Transport for London (TfL), the Station Design Idiom offers guidelines for repairs […]

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UNStudio’s curvaceous new station for Arnhem ready to open tomorrow

The first images have emerged of UNStudio’s new station for Arnhem, the Netherlands, which finally opens to the public tomorrow after 20 years of development. Amsterdam-based UNStudio has spent almost two decades working on the transformation of the city’s transport interchange and the surrounding area, in collaboration with engineering firm Arup. At the centre of the masterplan […]

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Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center transit terminal springs a leak

New York’s long-delayed World Trade Center Transportation Hub, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, has encountered a new problem: a leaky ceiling. Portions of the terminal’s roof started to let in water earlier this month. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is overseeing the project, said the leaks had been caused by work on […]

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Grimshaw unveils revised entrance and platforms for HS2 addition to London’s Euston Station

London’s Grimshaw Architects and engineering firm Arup Associates have submitted an updated proposal for a new entrance and 11 additional platforms to bring high speed rail to Euston Station. Grimshaw and Arup’s revised design could see the station transformed into a new hub for the HS2 high speed railway, planned for construction between London and the Midlands. […]

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Ross Barney Architects wraps a Chicago rail station in a perforated tube

US firm Ross Barney Architects has completed a transit station for an emerging Chicago neighbourhood, featuring a tubular structure made of stainless steel and polycarbonate panels (+ slideshow). The Cermak-McCormick Place station is located in the Near South Side district and is a short walk from McCormick Place, America’s largest convention centre. The station is […]

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BIG unveils transport hub for one of Sweden’s biggest cities

The Västerås Travel Center by Bjarke Ingel’s firm BIG will bring together trains, buses, taxis and bicycles as part of an ambitious redevelopment plan for the city’s main railway station (+ slideshow). Already under construction, the 12,000-square-metre transport centre designed by the Danish architecture studio will occupy a site in the middle of Västerås, central […]

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Christopher Forsyth embarks on a project to document all of Montreal’s metro stations

Photo essay: Canadian photographer Christopher Forsyth has spent the last seven months shooting the subterranean stations that make up Montreal’s four-line metro system (+ slideshow). The Montreal Metro is Canada’s busiest metro system, with an average of 1,245,700 journeys taken every weekday. But Forsyth says most passengers barely notice the “beautiful design” of its 68 stations, many of which were completed […]

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Foster’s Crossrail Place roof garden to open at Canary Wharf

Tropical roof gardens and a leisure complex designed by Foster + Partners to sit above its new Crossrail station at Canary Wharf in London will open to the public tomorrow. The seven-storey structure is the first new building for Crossrail – London’s new east-west rail link – to open to the public, although trains will not run from the station for […]

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Private CrossRail station planned underneath Adjaye-designed London house

Photographer Ed Reeve has applied for planning consent to dig a private railway station underneath his home – the David Adjaye-designed Sunken House in north London. Designed by Adjaye in 2003 and completed in 2007, Sunken House is located in De Beauvoir Town, directly above the future route for the CrossRail 2 train that is set to connect south-west […]

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Foster + Partners to design all stations and trains for new Jeddah transport network

Foster + Partners has been appointed to design an £8 billion transport system for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, that will encompass a network of new metro, ferry, bus, and cycle terminals. Norman Foster’s London-based firm, which was rumoured to be working on the project back in October 2014, has signed a contract reportedly worth £54 million […]

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Sloping concrete circulation entrances added to platforms at Zurich Hauptbahnhof

Zurich architects Dürig designed angular concrete frames to indicate the position of staircases and escalators at the Swiss city’s main railway station, which descend from the platforms to a new subterranean station and shopping precinct (+ slideshow). Dürig was commissioned to develop the underground Löwenstrasse Transit Station, which aims to improve the experience for passengers using the cross-city […]

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Kengo Kuma wins bid to design station for new Paris Metro line

Japanese firm Kengo Kuma & Associates has won a competition to design the Gare Saint-Denis Pleyel, one of three key stations that will be built to serve a new stretch of the Paris Metro. The station by Kengo Kuma & Associates will be located in Saint-Denis, a suburb to the north of Paris, and is one of the main interchanges for an extension to the […]

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Herzog & de Meuron face loss of multibillion-dollar Flinders Street Station project

News: the competition-winning design by Herzog & de Meuron and Hassell to revamp Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station is unlikely to go ahead, according to the state government. The Swiss and Australian firms won a contest organised by the former coalition government of Victoria to overhaul the 19th-century railway station and its surroundings, including restoration of the […]
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Cavernous Budapest metro stations feature concrete lattice overhead

Criss-crossing concrete beams brace the excavated walls of two new stations that have been added to the metro network in Budapest by local studio Spora Architects. The stations developed by Spora Architects are among ten that will be added along the Hungarian city’s new 7.34-kilometre M4 metro line, which connects the city’s South-Buda district with the […]
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Assen Station redesign by Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond to feature triangular roof

News: Dutch studios Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond have won a competition to redesign the railway station in Assen, north-east Netherlands, with plans for a structure with a triangular latticed roof. Powerhouse Company and De Zwarte Hond, collectively known as Team A, were selected ahead of four other firms to create the new transport […]

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COBE team trumps Kengo Kuma in Danish railway station contest

News: a team led by Danish architecture firm COBE has seen off competition from three firms to land the commission for a new railway interchange in Køge, a town 28 miles south of Copenhagen. COBE worked with architecture studio Dissing+Weitling and engineer COWI on the competition-winning proposal for Køge North Station, beating Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, French firm […]

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Grimshaw’s Fulton Center welcomes first New York subway commuters

News: the first commuters have travelled through Grimshaw’s newly completed New York subway station and retail space, the Fulton Center. Grimshaw’s new Lower Manhattan transit hub connects eleven New York City subway lines and the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) trains that serve the state of New Jersey. The Fulton Center, which opened to the public yesterday, […]

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Dhaka’s first metro line will be designed by John McAslan + Partners

News: British architecture firm John McAslan + Partners has won an international competition to design a new metro line for Dhaka, which will stretch 12 miles across the city. John McAslan + Partners will design sixteen elevated stations for the over-head line, which is part of a $3 billion (£2 billion) project to improve infrastructure in Dhaka, […]

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Henning Larsen Architects to design train station for new Danish town

News: Henning Larsen Architects has won a bid to design a train station for the new sustainably-designed city of Vinge, in a rural area outside Copenhagen (+ slideshow). Danish studio Henning Larssen has won an architecture competition to design an S-train station that will form the main transport hub in the centre of Vinge, the 350-hectare future […]

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Marc Mimram designs “delicate pleated roof” for Montpellier’s new TGV station

News: French architect Marc Mimram has been selected to create a new train station in Montpellier – a building that will bridge over the railway line and feature an intricate pleated roof (+ slideshow). Marc Mimram’s Paris-based architecture and engineering firm will create the 3,500-square-metre station for TGV, France’s high-speed rail network, in the Odysséum district […]

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Miralles Tagliabue and Elizabeth de Portzamparc to design new Paris metro stations

News: architects have been selected for two of three new “iconic” train stations in Paris that will be built as part of the Grand Paris Express ring-route rail project. The Spanish architecture firm EMBT founded by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue will design the Clichy-Montfermeil station in collaboration with French architects and engineers Bordas + Peiro, […]

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COBE and Lunden win competition to design new transport hub for Finland’s second city

News: a team comprising Danish architects COBE and Finnish firm Lundén Architecture has won a competition to design a new transport centre for Tampere, Finland’s second-largest city. A team led by COBE and Lundén Architecture in collaboration with Ramboll Finland and Newsec has won an invited design competition for the Tampere Travel and Service Centre, […]

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