A new rail network will connect the southern tip of Florida to the center of the state, and SOM just revealed the latest plans for the Ft. Lauderdale Station. All Aboard Florida is a privately owned rail line that will start in Miami at the Multimodal Hub, then travel north through Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and up to Orlando. SOM is working with local architect Zyscovich Architects to design this and all the other stations. These naturally daylit and airy structures will serve as the perfect launching pads for travel up and down the Florida coast for visitors and locals alike.
SOM in association with Zyscovich Architects unveiled plans for the Ft. Lauderdale All Aboard Florida train station in a ceremony attended by Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief, Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler, and All Aboard Florida executives. The station is one of three designed by the SOM/Zyscovich collaboration along with the Miami Multimodal Hub and the West Palm Beach station.
“Fort Lauderdale is a dynamic city whose leadership understands the importance of creating new opportunities and solutions that keep up with the needs and demands of our increasingly mobile world,” says Michael Reininger, President and Chief Development Officer of All Aboard Florida. “As with our other planned stations in South Florida, All Aboard Florida will not only set a new standard in passenger rail, but will revitalize Fort Lauderdale’s downtown core fueling job and business growth, reducing road congestion, increasing tourism, delivering state and local tax revenues, and contributing long-term environmental benefits.”
The 27,500 sq ft train station will be located in northern downtown Fort Lauderdale and elevated to span across NW 2nd Street. Designed to be intuitive and open, glass facades and openings allow passengers to quickly orientate themselves, see the surrounding city as well as approaching trains. “The unveiling of our design for the Fort Lauderdale station is a significant milestone in realizing All Aboard Florida’s vision,” states Roger Duffy, Design Partner at SOM. “Its design—lightweight and luminous—both responds to its setting and creates a striking infrastructural icon for the city.”
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