The new 5,900 square-foot Kraaiennest metro station was built to replace the original station from 1970. The overhaul of the station is one of the latest efforts turning Bijlmermeer from one of Amsterdam’s most dangerous and rundown neighborhoods into a vibrant and thriving suburb. The revamped facility also replaced stairs with a series of escalators to better accommodate Bijlmermeer’s over 100,000 residents.
The architects chose to laser cut the elegant and intricate metal screen out of stainless steel to minimize upkeep and maintenance costs. The screen is cut into an intricate floral pattern reminiscent of mashrabiya and the permeable facade helps to create a greater sense of safety. At night, the station takes on the likeness of a lantern that casts a warm and inviting glow over the nearby streets.