Aedas: express rail link west kowloon terminus
Aedas: express rail link west kowloon terminus Aedas: express rail link west kowloon terminus
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



  • One slip on that foot way in the first image and i recon a wheelchair could reach terminal velocity…

    pretty Gehry esque..

    Pg says:
  • Another great example of the huge damage made by CG and those architects who only design in 3d and forget the real world

    Juan Manuel says:
  • Excuse my ignorance, but is this what they’ve decided to do with the West Kowloon Cultural District? What happened to Norman Foster’s proposal? And all the other ones which were millions of times more creative than this nightmare? Or is this project not related to the cultural centre proposed for West Kowloon? Either way, it is a hideous proposal, and I hope the people of Hong Kong will stop it from seeing the light of day…

    SmileyOreo says:

    GIAN CARLO says:
  • Some pessimists commenting prior need to get some more sleep and lighten up I think…

    …NICE WORK. Its a really fresh idea. Even if one commenter Juan Manuel is correct in suggesting that this CG image is impossible to bring to life…at least the designer was bold enough to go there with his imagination. Living in constraints all the time will lead to some stale work…others should appreciate the opportunity to view work which has been less constrained.

    I must note on this site though…are the editors unable to use correct grammar in the captions and paragraphs? CAPITAL LETTERS, FULL STOPS…come on guys.

    Dan says:
  • un believable job

    GANESH says:
  • Very nice work but will probably be very hard to achieve.

    moi says:

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