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Puerta Umbría: A Shimmering New High Speed Rail Station For Huelva, Spain

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On April 14, 2011 @ 6:19 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Green Building | No Comments

Estación Huelva Alta Velocidad, Puerta Umbría, rafael de la-hoz, spain, high speed train station, train station, rail station

Working from a blank slate, Rafael de La-Hoz designed the rail station free of old prejudices and based the design on elementary architectural gestures – a plane, a ceiling, a board – while shying away from “arrogant arches with extravagant curves”. The simple plane or flat roof is designed for receiving, protecting and giving shade to travelers. A simple linear station is proposed and one that has one entrance and exit for the high speed trains [1] and another for the people. The open door to the station is both welcoming and an expression of success. Located at the terminus of the high speed rail line [2], Huelva is not a pass through station, but one where the trains come in and out of the same direction.

A perforated roof [3] covering transforms the sunlight into “half-light” making the station below a shady place. Oriented to the east and west, the sun’s path travels in parallel to the station maximizing the shade. Meanwhile southwest winds from the ocean bring in cross ventilation [4] ensuring that the interior has fresh and cool air even in the hottest part of the year.

+ Rafael de La-Hoz [5]

Renderings Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz

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[1] high speed trains: http://inhabitat.com/belgian-high-speed-rail-system-to-get-solar-boost/

[2] high speed rail line: http://inhabitat.com/central-valley-scores-first-piece-of-californias-high-speed-rail/

[3] perforated roof: http://inhabitat.com/this-ginormous-orange-cube-is-an-architecture-design-showroom-in-lyon/

[4] ventilation: http://inhabitat.com/tag/natural-ventilation

[5] + Rafael de La-Hoz: http://www.rafaeldelahoz.com/

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