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.
In addition to WIFI and artwork, the Barneveld Noord Station includes a small café and a bike-repair shop.
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.
The new bathroom is located in the tall clock tower and is lit with natural light from an above skylight.
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.
NL Architects’ contemporary transformation makes waiting less of a drag by adding interest and functionality to keep travelers occupied.
A gilded chicken is mounted on the wind vane to reference Barneveld's name as Netherland’s egg capital.