The new undulating station for Arnhem in the Netherlands, designed in collaboration between UN Studio, ARUP and Bureau B+B, is set to officially open today, after 20 years of development. UN Studio designed the new master plan for the area, as well as the new public transport terminal, platforms, office towers, bike parking and other facilities, with a new transfer hall at the center of the masterplan.
The new scheme connects the station with the surrounding public spaces, creating a traffic flow echoed by the terminal’s undulating form. Curving concrete volumes dominate both the inside and the outside of the terminal building, with several levels creating a complex network of slip floors and ramps, resembling the iconic Eero Saarinen’s TWA Terminal in New York, but also drawing on UN Studio’s distinctive aesthetics.
The masterplan incorporates office space, shops, housing units, a new station hall, a railway platform and underpass, a car tunnel, bicycle storage and a large parking garage. The new transfer hall is located at the heart of the site, with waiting areas and facilities for trains and busses, shops, restaurants, offices and a conference center.
The new station officially opens today, nine years after the start of the construction and nineteen years after UN Studio first won the competition.
Photos by Bureau B+B and Ronald Tilleman