Delft's new train station, designed by Mecanoo, has officially opened to the public. The station sits atop a new train tunnel that replaces the old concrete viaduct that has divided the city into two since 1965. One of the most impressive features of the station is its ceiling with a historic map of Delft that unfolds in front of the visitors coming up the escalators.
The architects aimed to design a station that would reflect the city’s history while providing a contemporary space “that makes it clear to visitors that they have arrived in Delft.” The glass facade reflects the sky and references vernacular window designs that can be seen throughout the city. It is made out of panels of fused glass with lens-like spheres.
The form of the building is meant to provide energy efficiency. The lowered roof lines create a gradual transition between the adjacent Wester Quarter and the small-scale architecture of the city center. The large volume features incisions that replicate the pattern of alleyways and courtyards that exist in the city.