UNStudio: arnhem central platform roofs UNStudio: arnhem central platform roofs
may 15, 2012

UNStudio: arnhem central platform roofs

‘arnhem central station – platform roofs’ by UNStudio photos by ronald tilleman


arnhem central in the netherlands is a hub for several regional routes and high speed trains which run between the neighbouring country of germany. as passenger numbers continue to grow, the railway station’s infrastructure is being substantially revitalized. most recently, a fourth platform has been added, and all of the roofs have been replaced with a new design developed by dutch architecture practice UNStudio.


the overall concept of the transportation hub is composed of structural spans embedded with large roof lights, which add a sense of brightness and space to the environment, offering an overall positive experience to the transfer platforms and their surroundings. an elevated footbridge connects the passenger waiting areas with each other and the north entrance to the train station. an electrified system has also been incorporated into the roof structure, providing a uniform appearance across the entire terminal. last july, the platform tunnel opened to the public, while construction of the transfer terminal will happen in two phases, and is set to open for service in 2014.



stairway leading up to one of the platforms



view of the new roof infrastructure



night view of one of the new platform roofs



alternative view of central arnhem



project info:



client: prorail, utrecht location: arnhem, the netherlands use: platform roofs with integrated elevated footbridge for (high speed) train station gross roof area: approximately 8700 m² dimensions: 4 platform roofs of approximately 210 metres long, with varying widths from 9-14 metres structure and materials: steel, aluminum and cold formed glass roofs start of construction: 2009 completion date: 2011 advisors unstudio: ben van berkel with arjan dingsté and marc hoppermann, marc herschel, derrick diporedjo, kristin sandner, rein werkhoven engineering: movares contractor: bam-dura vermeer photos: ronald tilleman

  • The project info mentions a completion date of 2011. This is of course wrong, as the foregoing text states the project will be finished in 2014.

    Simon90 says:
  • @Simon90 You dont read very well: “while construction of the transfer terminal will happen in two phases,
    and is set to open for service in 2014” The transfer terminal will open in 2014, the platform roofs are already in use.

    Henk says:

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