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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.

Eusko Tren Central Headquaters in Durango, Spain by Zaha Hadid Architects

 
December 2nd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects
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A new landmark for the citizens of Durango and a new symbol of Eusko Tren’s identity and expansion across Europe. Our concept conjoins buildings emerging from the site and creates a connective urban tissue of tracks, pathways and parking to provide direct access to the station and commercial space.

Eusko Tren Central Headquarters

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Project: Eusko Tren Central Headquaters
  • Location: Durango, Spain
  • Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Architect: Juan Ignacio Aranguren
  • Project Team: Guillermo Álvarez, Jimena Araiza, Andrés Arias, Muriel Boselli, Daniel Dendra, Alejandro Díaz, Elena García, John D. Goater, Daewha Kang, Kia Larsdotter, Sophie le Bienvenu, Murat Mutlu, Mónica Noguero, Markus Nonn, Benjamin Pohlers, Aurora Santana
  • Competition Team: Alvin Huang, Yang Jingwen, Simon Kim, Graham Modlen, Sujit Nair, Annabelle Perdomo, Makakrai Suthadarat, Philipp Vogt.

Eusko Tren Central Headquarters

  • Local Architect: IDOM UK ltd (London, UK)
  • Project Manager: MECSA (Bilbao, Spain)
  • Structural: Adams Kara Taylor (London, UK)
  • M&E / Local Structure / Cost Planning: IDOM UK Ltd (Bilbao, Spain)
  • Facade: Emmer Pfenninger Partners AG (Basel, Switzerland)
  • Lighting: Architectural Lighting Solutions/ALS (Pamplona, Spain)
  • Acoustic: Arup Acoustics (London, UK)
  • Landscaping: Gross Max (Edinburgh, UK)
  • Central Headquarters Eusko Tren: 7,291 m²
  • Commercial & Leisure Centre: 9,575m²
  • Railway Station: 9,536m²
  • Total Built Surface: 26,403m²
  • Total Public Park Area: 25,192m²

 

Eusko Tren Central Headquarters

The challenge was to integrate a new underground station with Eusko Tren’s corporate HQ and commercial space, to create a new civic landmark for Durango. The new building would meet more than the company’s physical needs; it would articulate Eusko Tren’s new identity and image and symbolise its economic growth and expansion, across the region and around Europe.

In that sense, it was to become a symbol not only for the company, but also for the citizens of Durango and, beyond that, a catalyst and a focus for the transformation of the town centre.

Eusko Tren Central Headquarters

The overall concept is based on the conjoined design of buildings emerging at the head of the site from reformed land. Existing rail tracks at ground level were removed and replaced with a new network of underground tracks across Durango, allowing the land to return to public use. Foot paths were re-established across the site, forming a connective urban tissue with a network of open public spaces each graded by topography and enclosure. The paths now connect the park directly to the station and commercial space.

Eusko Tren Central Headquarters

The subterranean car park provides permanent parking for nearby residents and visitors with access and egress to the building at key points along its length. Vertical access routes are also generated where higher levels of pedestrian and car circulation flow across the car park’s premises.

Eusko Tren Central Headquarters

It was important to plan the relationship between the site’s public and private spaces, so our architectural proposal accentuated these areas with regular circulation strips. This included the converging circulation of public domains and the position of private domains adjacent to the planned residential areas.

Eusko Tren Central Headquarters

Topographic differentiations and ground level changes were then used to create self-separation and allow programmatic connections across the site to the car park, buildings and adjacent streets.

Eusko Tren Central Headquarters

Eusko Tren Central Headquarters

Eusko Tren Central Headquarters

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