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.
Central Station in Salzburg, Austria by kadawittfeldarchitektur
November 22nd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: kadawittfeldarchitektur
Salzburg Central Station is one of two large-scale projects bringing the capital expenditure program of the ÖBB to completion. In the year 1999, the design of kadawittfeldarchitektur (Aachen/Graz) won a two-phase surveyed competition between 12 teams of architects. In order to integrate the station into the city, the task was not only to arrange the railway tracks anew. In particular, there was the task of integrating the historic train station from 1860 with its “authentic” appearance into a master plan that newly connects the boroughs on both sides of the tracks through several bridges and passageways.
The conversion operations include the optimisation of the track access and roofed enclosures for new platforms within the existing train station, as well as the reconstruction of the historic entrance hall and the historic platform hall. The existing pedestrian underpass is extended into a dynamically landscaped urban space with airy height, connecting from Elisabethvorstadt to the newly constructed entry of Schallmoos.
The new dynamic platform roofs and the delicate 1908 historic platform halls form a surprising and comfortable large configuration. The tracks as well as the platforms are covered mainly in glass, transparent membrane roofs, and pneumatic air-cushions. Thus a bright and transparent station hall is created with totally new characteristics. Perpendicular to the platform, a passageway accessible via the historic station hall opens underneath the tracks up to the above area, and broadens the view underneath of the historic vaults of the platforms.
The last two tracks will be finished within next weeks. In the middle of 2014 the missing part of the passageway and the new entry in Schallmoos will complete the connection between the two city districts on either side of the tracks.
Category: Railway Station