Unless you're at Grand Central, waiting for the train is a less than glamorous experience. The Dutch railway network Prorail, however, thinks they can make the wait more comfortable with their national campaign 'Prettig Wachten' (pleasant waiting) that will give twenty train stations throughout the country a major facelift. Using a set of shipping containers, NL Architects transformed Barneveld Noord station from a simple waiting area into a contemporary multifunctional space that makes waiting for the train a breeze.
Everyone knows that taking public transportation can sometimes take longer than going by car. According to surveys, however, where you wait can make a big difference–if the place feels unsafe or confining, waiting for the train can feel three times longer than it actually is. NL Architects’ contemporary transformation makes waiting less of a drag by adding interest and functionality to keep travelers occupied.
Since the station is temporary, the architects built the station using shipping containers for flexible and easy installation. The station’s distinctive sculptural facade is formed by the intersection of three horizontally-suspended containers that create a roof above a glazed waiting area with a fourth container that’s flipped upright to create a clock tower topped with a weathervane. A gilded chicken is mounted on the weathervane to reference Barneveld’s name as Netherland’s egg capital.
Two of the horizontally laid shipping containers will be used as storage, with the third opening up at the bottom to create a double-height room that could be used as a gallery space. The new bathroom is located in the tall clock tower and is lit with natural light from an above skylight. In addition to WIFI and artwork, the Barneveld Noord Station includes a small café and a bike-repair shop.
Images via NL Architects