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.
Amhult Travel Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden by Kanozi Arkitekter
September 2nd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Kanozi Arkitekter
Amhult travel centre was constructed and opened in July 2014. The building consists of a waiting area together with toilets, break rooms for personnel and a small kiosk. During the whole process, the aim was to classify the building according to the Swedish Green Building Council (Miljöbyggnad).
The project is situated just outside Gothenburg, in a small scale residential area close to the coast, with a relatively high density, due to recent exploitation of available building plots. As a result, an increase in commuters to the city has occurred. A need for a new terminal building, with improved space for bus drivers as well as ticket sales and a kiosk arose from these circumstances.
Previously used as an airfield, the project was designed to reflect the history of the area. This inspired a large, protective and light roof construction that could be associated with aeroplane wings. Moss-sedum was used as the roofing material in order to mirror the local vegetation found on the nearby sea cliffs. This idea was also extended to the platform area where the same granite stone was chosen as found on the nearby hills.
The expansive roof construction is broken up by the timber framed volume of the central building, creating a visual contrast that ties in with local building traditions and embodies present sustainable ways of thinking. Facades and the interior follow the same principles, providing a welcoming environment.
A sense of security for the passengers is created with small scale waiting areas with open spaces constructed of wood, stone and concrete. A red-brown glaze coats the timber exterior, providing an earthy contrast to the more stark materials used and also reminiscent of windswept pine trees. Illuminated at night, this highlights the building’s position and makes the area safe and even more welcoming.
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