Parisian firm Silvio d’Ascia Architecture worked with Omar Kobite Architecture & Eric Giudice Architects to design a gorgeous new high speed railway station for Morocco. The team won an international contest with their plan for Kenitra station, which includes a lace-like grid shell that fuses high design with energy-efficient systems.
D’Ascia looked to the geometry of traditional Moroccan architecture for inspiration, transferring the repeating triangular patterns found on local facades to the framework of train track’s structure in the station. The grid work also acts as a louver system that filters sunlight in the hot Moroccan sun. The station could be accessed by two points, through a lush, forested entryway in the south, or a pedestrian thoroughfare at the north.
The Kenitra high speed rail station design is shaped like a U and connected with an elevated bridge that leaves a very small footprint below. Passengers access the station by elevators, escalators and footbridges, which lead to not only trains, but an elevated concourse that will include retail shops, cafes, lounge areas and kiosks. The elevated station would also include sustainable systems, including rainwater recovery for reducing the station’s water needs, a natural ventilation system, and other energy efficient measures to reduce pressure on the grid.
The 10,000 square meter high speed railway station will not only add a hub for green transportation, but also a sustainable site for locals to enjoy the station’s amenities.