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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Brutalist Preston Bus Station refurbished by John Puttick Associates

John Puttick Associates has completed the renovation of the Grade II-listed Brutalist bus station in Preston, in the north of England. The architects have restored the interiors and updated the layout of the bus station, which was at one time scheduled for demolition. John Puttick Associates was only founded the year before it won the RIBA-organised open

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners unveils plans for five new train stations in Melbourne

Architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Weston Williamson and Hassell have teamed up to design five new metro stations in Melbourne, which will be constructed over the next seven years. The major transport scheme known as the Metro Tunnel Project is intended as a “catalyst for urban renewal” in the city. The collaboration between London-based firms Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and

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Grimshaw creates curved mirrored ceiling inside Toronto metro station

Grimshaw Architects has completed the latest station for the expanded Toronto subway system, with a huge curved roof that swoops down to form walls and is covered in mirrors underneath. Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) Station acts as the new terminus of the Toronto Transit Commission’s 1 train line, which was recently extended north. Designed by global firm

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UNStudio unveils plans for Gothenburg cable car

Dutch office UNStudio has designed a cable car system for Gothenburg that will be supported by a network of latticed towers based on shipyard cranes. BIG, Wilkinson Eyre and White Arkitekter also submitted proposals for the aerial transport system, but it was UNStudio that won with its a contemporary spin on the city’s industrial past. “The design of

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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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Will Alsop designs two colourful metro stations for Toronto’s expanded subway

British architect Will Alsop has created metro stations in Toronto’s Pioneer Village and Finch West neighbourhoods, as part of an initiative to create more public transit options in the wider metropolitan area. The two stations form part of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Project, which extends Toronto’s subway system through to York, a municipality in

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Photographer Will Scott celebrates the varied architecture of London Underground stations

Will Scott’s Architecture of the Underground photo series showcases the diverse designs of London’s Tube stations, from the art-deco of Arnos Grove to the high-tech of Canary Wharf. Scott, who splits his time between London and Edinburgh, had the idea for the images after he made a chance visit to Arnos Grove station two years

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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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Archi-Union’s Qiandao cable-car station features stacked forms that lean out towards a lake

Chinese studio Archi-Union based the tiered form of this cable-car station on an abstracted geometric model of the mountains surrounding its site on the shores of Qiandao Lake. The Shanghai-based architecture office was invited to develop a proposal for the Qiandao Lake Cable Car Station in 2013, as part of a planning and architecture project

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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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Calatrava’s Greenwich Peninsula scheme threatens Foster-designed transport hub

The Twentieth Century Society is calling for a heritage listing to be applied to Foster + Partners’ North Greenwich Interchange, which is threatened with demolition by Santiago Calatrava’s recently unveiled £1 billion development. The UK heritage body submitted a Grade II* listing application for the North Greenwich Interchange by Foster + Partners and the North Greenwich Underground Station by

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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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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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Ambulance station by Architectenforum features plant-covered walls and a curved roof

This ambulance station in the Dutch town of Zeist features a curved wooden framework and sloping walls covered with climbing plants to help it blend into its woodland setting (+ slideshow). Utrecht studio Architectenforum designed the ambulance station for a site on the edge of the town, which is adjacent to a hospital and flanked on its More

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Shell-like roofs provide shelter at Pforzheim Central Bus Station

Stuttgart architecture studio Metaraum has completed a bus station in the German city of Pforzheim, featuring curving canopies that swoop up and over waiting areas (+ slideshow). The Pforzheim Central Bus Station sits adjacent to the city’s main railway station and forms part of a masterplan aimed at improving traffic flow and raising the architectural quality of More

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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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Huge slender canopy shelters passengers at Santa Pola Bus Station

Architects Manuel Lillo and Emilio Vicedo have completed a bus station in the Spanish town of Santa Pola, featuring a huge metal roof that tapers to form very thin edges on each side (+ slideshow). Lillo and Vicedo, both based in nearby Alicante, collaborated to design the facility, which is located alongside a busy roundabout at the More

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Zaha Hadid Architects completes “oyster-like” ferry terminal in Salerno

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled its first completed building since the death of its founder, a new maritime terminal for ferries and cruise liners in Salerno, Italy (+ slideshow). Described by the London-based firm as being “like an oyster”, the Salerno Maritime Terminal features an undulating concrete outer shell and an interior formed of gently sloping ramps. “Like an 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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Competiton-winning plans unveiled for two new Moscow Metro stations

Winning proposals have been unveiled in an international competition to design two new stations for the Moscow Metro network (+ slideshow). Urban design consultancy Strelka KB has announced that Russian studios Timur Bashkayev Architectural Bureau and BuroMoscow will design the Nizhniye Mnevniki and Terekhovo stations in northwest Moscow. Scheduled to open in 2018, they form part of a series of 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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New York’s Pennsylvania Station renovation and expansion plans revived

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a plan to restart the long-stalled renovation and expansion of New York City’s Pennsylvania Station, the busiest train hub in the US. Cuomo is aiming to create a new public/private partnership with a developer to expand the existing station and build a new hub across the street in 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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Alejandro Zaera-Polo updates Birmingham’s New Street station

Architecture firm AZPML has completed its £750 million overhaul of Birmingham New Street railway station in the UK – but co-founder Alejandro Zaera-Polo says the result “could have been much better”. The design by AZPML – headed up by architects Zaera-Polo and Maider Llaguno – features a reflective stainless-steel facade that wraps around the existing 1960s station building, […]

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Folded concrete canopy shelters Spanish bus station by Ismo Arquitectura

A cluster of concrete animal-feed silos loom over this pavilion-like bus station in western Spain, which was designed by Ismo Arquitectura to improve transport links to a fortified town (+ slideshow). Founders of the Spanish studio/a>, Isabel Amores and Modesto García

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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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John Puttick Associates wins competition for £13 million Preston Bus Station overhaul

New York practice John Puttick Associates has won the competition to redevelop the Brutalist 1960s bus station in Preston, England, with a design that features a rooftop football pitch, a climbing wall and a skate park. John Puttick Associates was selected through a RIBA-run competition to overhaul Preston Bus Station, which was designed in the 1960s by Keith Ingham and Charles Wilson […]

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Famous characters appear in Madame Mohr’s concept for new Vienna subway stations

Super Mario and the Cheshire Cat are among the characters featured in these renderings produced by Austrian studio Madame Mohr as part of a competition proposal for a new subway line in Vienna (+ slideshow). Vienna’s U5 subway line began construction in August 2014. The city’s public transport authority launched a competition calling for design proposals for the […]

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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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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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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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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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