The new retail pavilion at Stationsplein-Oost in Utrecht, The Netherlands, will be sheltered by a dynamic transparent canopy. Rotterdam-based Moederscheim Moonen Architects designed the multi-tenant building, commonly known as 'Het Paviljoen,' to include the world's largest bicycle storage facility.
The project will be built on the site where the Stationsplein-Oost hall formerly converged with an adjacent shopping mall, occupying the space above platforms 1, 2 and 3 of Utrecht’s station area. It will transform the area into a new square located several meters above grade level. The space under the new square will house the world’s largest bicycle storage facility, as well as several circulation routes connecting the area to other public transport options.
The building’s entire load-bearing structure will be supported by the pillars of the platforms below. The prefab glass facade will be realized on site during the scheduled train-free periods. Located amidst a complex urban configuration, the building aims to distinguish itself from its surroundings through simplicity and a minimalist appearance.
“On first impression, the building does not convey the full story of its realization – both next to and above the track. In addition to this concealed complexity, the direct surroundings of the Pavilion are already full of buildings and statements that clamor for attention,” said Erik Moederscheim, creative director or Moederscheim Moonen Architects. “Within this attractive, colorful ensemble, we actually believe that the tranquility and clarity of our design can be a commercially attractive concept – similar to the Apple Store in New York City,” he added.