Influential agency MAD Architects has accomplished development of an bold new prepare station in China. The mission concerned painstakingly rebuilding a 100-year-old prepare station, brick by brick, which now sits reverse an enormous fashionable transport hub that has been partially sunk underground.
Jiaxing Railway Station (additionally referred to as Forest Railway Station) is positioned in Southeast China. The unique station on the location was in-built 1907, earlier than it was destroyed and rebuilt in 1937 and underwent one other redesign in 1995. In 2019, it was lastly determined that it was too small for contemporary calls for and MAD was commissioned to create a future-proof alternative.
For inspiration, the studio regarded to the location’s previous as a serious transport hyperlink used through the First Nationwide Congress of the Chinese language Communist Occasion in 1921. MAD determined to recreate the unique prepare station, consulting consultants and learning outdated images and paperwork to attempt to get as shut as doable to the unique look. A complete of 21,000 bricks, constituted of mud from a close-by lake, have been used for its development and now sit in entrance of the principle constructing, which is essentially underground.
“MAD envisioned a brand new station that will be each extra human and environment friendly than its predecessor,” the Chinese language studio explains. “The general design of the inside maintains a dialogue with the recreated 1907 station via a glass facade that clearly expresses the peak distinction between the 2 buildings from the doorway.
“The doorway and exit platforms, ready halls and the principle transport and business features of the brand new station constructing have been moved virtually utterly underground, breaking with conventional ideas and creating the ‘prepare station within the forest’ design. The renovated prepare station has been expanded from three platforms and 5 strains to 3 platforms and 6 strains, with two arrival and departure strains on every of the upstream and downstream principal strains. By 2025, full passenger capability is predicted to succeed in 5.28 million individuals/12 months, with an hourly capability of roughly 2,500 individuals on the peak of passenger site visitors.”
The recessed design of the fashionable infrastructure has allowed MAD to get inventive with the panorama above. Greater than 1,500 new timber have been planted and the grounds are designed to resemble rolling inexperienced hills. It connects to an present park on the location and a central garden might be used as an out of doors venue for concert events and artwork festivals. Cultural and retail buildings have additionally been added elsewhere.
Jiaxing Practice Station incorporates a diploma of sustainable design, with photo voltaic panels that scale back grid consumption and beneficiant use of glazing to maximise pure mild. As well as, native supplies have been utilized in development.