Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Oslo Central Station in Oslo, Norway by Jensen & Skodvin Arkitektkontor
May 27th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Jensen & Skodvin Arkitektkontor
Oslo S, or Oslo Central Station, is the most important station in Norway. For reasons of sustainability there is a desire to increase the importance of railway transport in the future, thereby increasing further the strain on the capacity of the already congested junction at Oslo S. Previous expansions have been haphazard and partly temporary, and the proposal aims to reestablish well ordered and ample public spaces that are well connected to the surrounding urban fabric.
To allow for a generous space which is easy to read, existing structures not worth preserving are removed. The main floor of the station is an inclined plane sitting on top of the emerging tunnel which constitutes the main rail connection under the city. This inclined floor runs continuously from the street level up to the higher concourse traversing the tracks in the north-south direction. The functions of the program are distributed in separate volumes of one, two or three levels, much like an interior landscape of terraced islands within the volume of the main space. Pedestrian traffic meanders between the islands. Long interior views are allowed from all entrance points, offering easy orientation throughout.
The roof is actually a 2-storey building containing areas for commercial development. This allows for extremely efficient spaces with unparallelled proximity to public transport. As much as 60 000 m2 floor area could easily fit into the roof, yielding a high potential for commercial exploitation, thus providing solid financial footing for the entire project. The concept is flexible and robust and could take on a number of different shapes and configurations without losing the essential architectural idea. Interfaces with the surrounding city have ample capacity and strong visual impact.
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