The Oslo Central Train station by Norway-based Space Group Architects is a dynamic multi-functional space that will take a central role in redefining the city’s public transportation. More and more public buildings are designed to play multiple roles, and the new Central Train Station carries the trend forward with multiple art, retail, and conference spaces and an expansive rooftop park. The arched long promenade acts as a sort of bridge between the culture of the city and the rest of Norway and Europe.
The original train station was built in the 1850’s and it’s been renovated through the years to become the drab 1980’s building in operation today. The new station will consist of a large open plaza on the ground level marked by sweeping arches. The upper levels will host a mixed program with a hotel/conference center above the main terminal. Retail, restaurants, offices, art and performance spaces, a rooftop park, and of course, a place to grab a train make up the master plan, which can change as needs and demand changes.
The rooftop will feature a single park running the full length of the block-long complex, and it will offer huge views of the downtown area and adjacent fiords. The arts will play a prominent role with gallery and performance spaces adjacent to the main pedestrian corridors. The station will act as a pedestrian bridge between downtown and the opera house, creating links throughout the currently fragmented city center. The project is expected to break ground in 2013.