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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Puerta Umbría High Speed Train Station in Huelva, Spain by Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos – Acciona Ingeniería

September 4th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos – Acciona Ingeniería



“Possibly the project could be understood like a big horizontal altarpiece which lights up, protects and informs” – Rafael de La-Hoz.

We propose a Station that pretends to be a real Terminus Station. Consequently it is not a place just to pass through, but a place where the passengers change their rate of movement and where the city of Huelva introduces itself to the traveller as well as the place where the city sees him off.

Puerta Umbría High Speed Train Station

  • Architect: Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos – Acciona Ingeniería
  • Name of Project: Puerta Umbría High Speed Train Station
  • Location Las Metas, Ensanche Sur, Huelva, Spain
  • Colaboradores / Collaborators: Siegfried Burger, Francisco Arévalo, Hugo Berenguer, Laura María Díaz, Carolina Fernández, Javier Gómez, Ignacio Jaso
  • Graphic Design: Luis Muñoz, Daniel Roris
  • Mock-up Technician: Fernando Mont
  • Software used: AutoCAD for 2D and 3D CAD Design.

Puerta Umbría High Speed Train Station

  • Engeneering Design: Acciona Ingeniería – Susana Cespedes, Sandra Badía (architects).
  • Preliminary Design date: 2010 – 2011
  • Budget: 28,5 millions euros
  • Constructive system: Metallic-framed
  • Structure: Metallic estructure
  • Roof: Metallic roof
  • Façade: Metallic structure and glass
  • Plot area: Square metre
  • Total area: 4.000 m2 Square metre
  • Main use: High Speed Train Station
  • Compatible uses: Commercial use
  • Height (above ground level): 15 metres
  • Floor numbers: 2 floors


For this reason we have not proposed a simple halt where we get off a train which continues its journey, but rather a Terminal Station that has to be the end and the start of all travel.

We therefore propose, with all its consequences, a new urban development in a unique place that contributes to the creation of an urban growth of high quality in the city of Huelva.



Maybe the Latin locution “Tabula Rasa” is which better summarize the dual concept of our project.

On the one hand, the first meaning is like a synonymous of oversight and at the same time of a beginning. This gestural action frees us of old prejudices and links to be able to begin the drawing of a new concept or the narration of a new time, once we have cleared the table.

Exterior View

Like this, overwhelmed by so many superfluous and the excessive architectures, made of arrogant arches with extravagant curves and with so much semeiotic of the power attributes, we propose an elementary architectural gesture, a plane, a ceiling, a board. It is a “Tabula Rasa”.

Final View

It is a simple plane, a democratic ceiling for receiving, protecting and giving shade.

It is an architraved Architecture of straight line that is situated on marshland soils with the solid ground is at a depth of 35 m and with the logic foundational of using the minimum number of possible supports.

Final View

Four pillars that supports a board, a plane, a perforated cover that transforms the shadow in half-light, and qualifies it as a shady place.

In front of the “triumphal arch” like an expression of the success, we propose the open door like a synonymous of welcoming. It is the entrance and the exit door in which we recognise all the Terminal Stations.

“The Umbría Door” is as a new time “Tabula Rasa” for a city in renovation.


Site Plan 01

Site Plan 02

Site Plan 03

Parking Area


Solar Panel

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