Architecture firm Maccreanor Lavington recently completed Kraaiennest, a major new metro station in Bijlmermeer, an Amsterdam neighborhood famous for its successful urban renewal efforts. The €14 million station upgrade is wrapped in a beautiful filigree steel screen that diffuses light and transforms the station into an iconic glowing light box at night. The laser-cut design allows natural light to filter inside during the day and is less prone to graffiti.
The new 5,900 square-foot Kraaiennest metro station was built to replace the original station from 1970. The overhaul of the station is one of the latest efforts turning Bijlmermeer from one of Amsterdam’s most dangerous and rundown neighborhoods into a vibrant and thriving suburb. The revamped facility also replaced stairs with a series of escalators to better accommodate Bijlmermeer’s over 100,000 residents.
The architects chose to laser cut the elegant and intricate metal screen out of stainless steel to minimize upkeep and maintenance costs. The screen is cut into an intricate floral pattern reminiscent of mashrabiya and the permeable facade helps to create a greater sense of safety. At night, the station takes on the likeness of a lantern that casts a warm and inviting glow over the nearby streets.