Helsingborg C, Knutpunkten has a new entrance, Södra entrén. The South entrance is far more than just a shortcut to the tracks, though. As well as a new passenger flow and a cycle hub, the new entrance is also a landmark and a destination that strengthens the city’s commercial ties.
The Municipality of Helsingborg has witnessed a sharp increase in traffic to and from the city. Looking forward to 2020, it is estimated that daily visitors will increase from the current figure of 22,000 to 32,000. This is a pressure that Knutpunkten – which was designed by Ivar Krepp in 1984–1991 – could not handle in its current state, which is why the decision was made to create a new exit and approach at the root of the track’s southern extension. Furthermore, the southern entrances were in a worse condition than the northern ones, which affected the flow of pedestrian traffic. Knutpunkten is currently undergoing a transformation and renovation, yet another task that fell on us.
The alignment with the surrounding and the incorporation of the street space
The establishment of a prominent, protruding corner at the inter-section [Pastorstraße – driveway of the company premises] that highlights the entrance of the new service building. The view into the garage will be reduced significantly, giving it a technical identity through the merging of the building with the operating trams below.
The planting of a new grove of trees along Pastorstraße will embed the building in a park-like surrounding which aligns with the alley of existing trees along Pastorstraße. The planting will consolidate the diffluent street area.
The façade is characterized by the vitality of carefully matched shades of colour. The quality criteria for the façade (functionality, aesthetics and liveliness) are developed.
A competition was launched by Network Rail and RIBA in December 2007 for the redesign of the proposed façade and Atrium area. The contest sought to find a visionary concept designer to create a landmark building and example of cutting edge architecture. Six practices were short-listed in February 2008; CRAB Studio, Foreign Office Architects, IDOM UK Ltd, LAB Architecture Studio, UN Studio and Rafael Viñoly Architects. The winning scheme of Foreign Office Architects was unveiled on the 18th September 2008.
Tirana Flux Exchange [FL-EX] is a proposal for a multimodal transportation hub and new urban landscape model for the Albanian capital positioned to greatly expand the scope and connectivity of the city’s infrastructural networks. FL-EX connects the existing HSH Railway and intercity bus lines with a new airport transit, bike, and pedestrian paths linking the historic urban center to international transportation systems.
This work opens our participation with ahead – architects, based in London, a studio which we now have a partnership. Our scheme sets the terminal building in the middle of the two piers, demonstrating a strong connection with both of them. The continuous language of form, materials and expression shape both interior and exterior of the terminal. Further-more, the proposed design is intended to be read as one object; one entity where both piers play an inner complicity.
After two years construction, and with an investment of 90 million euros, the local transport hub at Graz Main Station is to be finished on time and within budget. The area in front of the station has been redesigned with a new projecting roof, called ‘Golden Eye’ by the locals, marking the centre of the plaza.
China’s high-speed rail network will become the most expansive in the world as new additions reach completion. This feat of engineering is changing the nature of public transport across the country. Design challenges include resolving the interchange between transport modes as well as presenting the opportunity for designers to focus on passenger experience in the delivery of a new type of transport-related public space.
The urban railway system between Vienna´s centre and the airport got redesigned. Several stations got new configurations and cladding designs. Because Vienna´s International Airport in Schwechat gets converted and expanded at the moment, the underground station of the local train line S7, which connects Vienna´s centre with the airport had to be modified in various terms.
Amidst the ever increasing density of the Los Angeles region, the Pasadena Bike Transit Center signals the emerging viability of alternative modes of transportation. Commissioned by the City of Pasadena through a grant by Caltrans, the Pasadena Bike Transit Center will be a prototype for future locations along the MTA Gold Line. Serving the needs of bicycle commuters, the project lies in an alleyway directly across from the Memorial Station platform in Old Town Pasadena and is intended to complement the growing network of commuter trains and bicycle routes throughout the Los Angeles region.
“The project’s thematic orientation is based on an analogy. A succession of ideas which nourish intersect and form a pattern, a framework of action. It is based on the concept of building ties… ” In anticipation of an increase in its services planned over the next few years, the STM will expand its fleet of busses and must build a new transport centre. The proposed Stinson Transport Center will accommodate 300 vehicles and 800 employees and will aim an ambitious LEED Gold certification.