London’s Crossrail Station stands by the waters of Canary Wharf‘s North Dock, just steps away from the underground station — also designed by Foster & Partners. Its unique design will feature a ticket hall and platforms below water level, while four above-ground stories will house shops, restaurants, and even a cinema. The whole building will have an area of 380,000 square feet, and the building’s latticed spruce timber roof will run 1,000 feet long.
The triangular modules of the latticed structure are paneled with either recycled aluminum panels or transparent ETFE plastic cushions that let natural light in. Some modules have been left open in the middle of the structure, allowing rainwater and light to fall into a luscious central garden. A train station, commercial district and green park all-in-one, this grand London project will finally open in 2015, three years before trains start running through it.
Photos by Foster & Partners