Aedas: express rail link west kowloon terminus
original content
apr 30, 2012
Aedas: express rail link west kowloon terminus

‘express rail link west kowloon terminus’ by Aedas, west kowloon district, hong kong
all images courtesy of Aedas




centrally positioned within urban hong kong, the ‘express rail link west kowloon terminus’ by international practice Aedas is a transit hub for a high speed railway which travels between hong kong and beijing. the 430,000 square meter facility will host 15 tracks creating the largest underground terminal in the world. accommodating regional lines as well as long distance services, the functional arrangement needed to consider that 80% of ridership is projected to be commuters between nearby shenzhen and guangzhou, requiring limited internal distances to make connections. contextual restrictions dictated the major railway types were separated on either the eastern and western halves of the site.


in-house customs and immigration controls for passengers from hong kong and china are placed on successive arriving and departing levels, representing both entities within the structure while striking an efficient organizational balance. above the transit areas, an arching 400,000 square meter development opening to a public forum will generate a metaphorical gateway for transient visitors. an outdoor amphitheater for performance welcomes the dynamic happenings of the adjacent cultural district.

paths lead from the public forum and amphitheater to a rooftop garden and observation point




flowing ribbon pathways spread to the roof plane, morphing into a highly sculpted garden. atop the 25 to 45 meter tall volume, an observation platform along the south elevation directs views towards the skyline, victoria peak and encompassing landscape. the roofscape circulation will link to retail and nearby subway and public transit points. voids and apertures within the façade bring daylight as well as visual glimpses down to the sub-grade platforms.

sub-grade waiting area

facade voids brings natural daylight into the underground terminal

terminal is flooded with natural daylight from above

at night



comments policy
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

Aedas (13 articles)

product library