Arnhem Central – Steel, light and life
Period of construction: 2009-2011
Structural project: Movares
Construction firm: BAM-Dura Vermeer
Photos: Ronald Tilleman, Tim Snoek, Jan Maarten Lieverdink
There are around 65,000 visitors to Arnhem every day, and the number is growing, and for many of them their visit to the city starts here. Apart from converging various regional routes and high-speed trains towards Germany, there are also the links to the old town centre, the bus stops and car parks around the station, making Arnhem Central the main entrance to the city.
The redevelopment project involved covering the four train platforms, and with great style the Van Berkel Architectural Studio has created light and space with enormous glass and steel skylights, making the pedestrian transit experience extremely pleasant with the sensation of ‘opening’ given by the glossy white elements and the natural light that flows in.
A raised walkway links the four platforms, and is perfectly integrated into the overall design thanks to the electrified lighting system that joins the structures to given them a sense of unity and uniformity.
The study into the pedestrian flows and directions, and the reduction of the different traffic systems, has improved the access to all the structures, aiding pedestrian orientation across the long perspective lines created by the light falling in from above onto the bottom entrances, garages and offices.
In this project the structure, light and life inside the building are blended into a single continuous landscape.
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