The Netherlands’ largest train station has officially opened. Designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects, the new Utrecht Central Station will house train, bus and tram platforms under one undulating roof. The waves of the roof don’t just look good, they help passengers orient themselves within the complex, with the train station under the tallest wave and the tram and bus stations housed under the lower waves.
The station has been in development since 2003 as a replacement for the previous building which could not handle the rising number of commuters. Three times its original size, the new complex integrates different transport modes. Its most prominent features is the undulating roof that looks like a wave that radiates dynamic movement and helps passengers orientate themselves.
The highest point of the wave is above the train station, while its lowest parts on each side contain the tram and bus stations. Glass skylights provide abundant natural light and also function as smoke hatches. Strips of LED lights on the ceiling emphasize the undulating movement. The station offers views of the city as well as trains and tracks.
Photos by Jannes Linders