Andrew Michler

New Oslo Train Station Features Massive Rooftop Park

by , 10/19/10
filed under: Architecture, Urban design

green roof, public rooftop park, downtown revitalization, Space Group, Oslo Norway Building

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.

green roof, public rooftop park, downtown revitalization, Space Group, Oslo Norway Building

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.

+ Space Group

Via Architechnophilia

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  1. tulle tilsynet October 19, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Thanks a lot for the suggestion about sending the zombies to Bankplassen. I used to work there and there are already quite enough loose needles in Grev Wedels plass and Bankplassen, if you please. Since the prevailing ideology here doesn’t allow for enforcing public order, and the police union is too strong to make that possible anyway, I say let the zombies camp out on the pretty roof of Snøhetta’s opera building. Oslo is such a God-awful hole architecturally that not even death in the flesh really defaces it. I blame Christian IV.

  2. Rana Khoder October 19, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I like the shape of the building it is very dynamic which is very suitable for train station. The most thing that attracted me in this station is, how the architect make the waiting space a part of the building, with very light structure. Also how he uses the indirect light which creates a very nice feeling inside the station.

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  4. mattp October 19, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Very true about the drug situation. Hopefully with the new station there will be a better link between east and west Oslo, and as a result the area will be seen more as the hub of the city, and not just the end of Karl Johan street. I understand the logic of wanting drug trades to happen in more open areas, since they’ll happen anyway and having them occur in a visible place reduces related crime & violence. But, maybe there are better areas downtown (like by bankplassen perhaps?) that the police could monitor just as well. This way the train station area could be cleaned up a bit and and made more friendly for tourists and locals alike.

  5. Tulle Tilsynet October 19, 2010 at 7:20 am

    “New Oslo Train Station Features Massive Rooftop Park Place for IV Drug Abusers to Hang Out

    FIXED

    Current Oslo city policy is to encourage heroin addicts to gather at the main train station. (Google it.) There’s only so much an architect can do about that.

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