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.
Palmaret-Alboraya Train Station in Valencia, Spain by Rstudio, Jose Martí Cunquero
October 14th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Rstudio, Jose Martí Cunquero
The new subway station of Alboraya-Palmaret is built together with a big park which highlights the new platform in a natural manner. The park has an approximated surface area of 6.000 square meters. It has seven terraces in different levels, leading us down, from the street to the hall of the new station. We can find in it resting areas, as well as playgrounds for children under the shadow of a large number of tress of different species.
The designed intervention on the old Palmaret station,stands out for the removal of most of the old train platforms, allowing in this way the connection of the new park with the Horchata Avenue.
Already inside the station, two new important spaces emerge remarkably. The first one, is a big Hall with views over the park, conducting us naturally to the second area, the platform, with a high ceiling that provides the station of a great spatial sense.
The materials used in the project give a modern appearance toboth the station and the park and represent a reference for the whole Alboraya town.
- concrete (prefab or in situ) the difference is enhanced by chaging the direction of the wooden planks (horizontal for the prefabricated and vertical for the in situ)
The station has been carried out in 2 stages:
STAGE 1_the underground station is built independently of the surface one. The park which acts as acces to the station is also developed.
STAGE 2_ (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)_ The train is diverted from surface to underground.
The surface train line has been susbtituted by a pathway, thats reminds the old train route but removes the barrier between the east and west parts of the town. This pathway continues under the old station to connect with the underground station.
The old station stays in its place but a different use is introduced, a café.
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