shahira hammad: westbahnhof train station proposal shahira hammad: westbahnhof train station proposal
aug 21, 2012

shahira hammad: westbahnhof train station proposal

westbahnhof train station proposal by shahira hammad

vienna-based designer shahira hammad has conceived a proposal to envision a new train station that would either modify or replace the existing westbahnhof train station in austria’s capital city. by maintaining the original structure, the existing building becomes the foundation for the new form to express itself with complex architecture. influenced by nature and culture, the intervention becomes characterized by spontaneous order throughout its final appearance. the organic fabrication is a reaction to excessive nature’s unique sequential geometry, reflecting on the idea of how time plays a role in metamorphic construction.

tower detail

entrance detail

entrance detail

main street view

tower perspective

aerial view

entrance hall

platforms level plan

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  • Astounding portrayal of aberrant growth and decay. Never has a building housed such an intentional concept of the beauty of natural ruin, and I dearly hope, with all my heart, that this will be built with the love it took to design it.

    Gaspar says:
  • I like it very very much. I would go all the way to Vienna to see it.

    Spike says:
  • Falls into the uncanny valley with mimcry of dead trees, ruins and trash heaps. Impressive in formulation, undoubtedly accurate in expression of contemporary sentiment, but ultimately may we not hope for more than this? Rail is one of the better means of travel we have at the moment. In advanced systems, fast; in smart systems, cost-effective; in networks, rather energy-efficient compared to the alternatives. Let us think of our transit as more than a dead assemblage or ruin.

    Now if it sprouted leaves in the springtime, that would be something.

    David says:
  • I would go see it. This is one of the most exciting things I have ever seen.

    George Fisher says:
  • Yes, this is exactly what we need, a public building that looks like a hive of giant cockroaches. In terms of artistic value this is right down there with the work of Dunga Din.

    Nathan says:
  • This is just gross.

    waldo says:
  • I agree both with Nathan and David. Yet if you have seen what is happening at the very moment in Chernobyl (OK I just watched a documentary yesterday evening), after everybody has left, and when Nature recovers its own balance and independence, it has nothing to do with that monstrous alien-like invasive stuff. The colors, the multiplication of spiky, sharp edges and the unwelcoming overall design makes me think of a Sci-Fi nightmare more than of a futuristic dream. This is maybe a personal matter, but I cannot see in these forms anything like a mangrove-like growing natural organism; it’s unfamiliar look, the strange patterns and the “post-apocalyptic-winter-all-year-long” background make it look like the district 9 scenery… Kengo Kuma would have made it greener…

    Stephane says:
  • looks great on screen, but I bet its a nightmare to construct, and even bigger headache to maintain and clean

    Zanny says:
  • i think i gonna puke

    onur says:
  • for whom? For Sauron and the Nazgûl?

    enn peh says:
  • if it was built, i bet you would go see it
    haters gonna hate

    JOHN says:
  • It looks like infected building from Starcraft game.

    Khai says:
  • Let’s build it !

    Geo says:
  • to JOHN : I do not hate it, but it really freaks me out. Just because it’s original and a technical success does not mean it’s pleasant. Indeed I would go to see it, but I swear I wouldn’t sit on these grasshopper-benches

    Stephane says:
  • What else you can wait from people wiving in harsh conditions in military affeted areas?
    This do not suit anywhere in civilisiced areas.

    Pto says:
  • Like most gimmicky theme park structures this will be over expensive and age very badly. The local residents deserve a mature sophisticated station that functions efficiently.

    Rogerbanger says:
  • that looks disgusting, dirty and gimmicky. it seems like it will age terribly. at first i didn\’t realize this is a station. does not make sense to connect modern, clean and fast transportation of the future with a nature-isc theme. this would be better if it was some kind of gallery or theme park restaurant.

    Tori says:
  • Being from Vienna, I’d say the therapeutic value of having such a building around in a city still too much in love with its prevalent Gründerzeit architecture would surely be a thing to be welcomed. However, I somehow cannot imagine the current mayor inaugurating such a building. But I CAN imagine that the pigeons would like it very much, and how it would turn completely white from their droppings within a year or so.

    TT says:
  • It looks like more a station after Apocalyps 🙂

    Gökçen says:
  • it looks like the concept is adopted from film AVTAR .

    shivaji mookherjee says:
  • It’s the ugliest manmade structure I have ever seen.

    Jim says:
  • Considering I know the neighborhood quite well and the existing station as well in my personal opinion it seems to be a very interesting concept that does not fit into the landscape, history or tradition of the city and much less of the neighborhood. Seems to me more like a great idea to \”hide\” a functional building in a rural landscape.

    Patscho says:
  • This would be a complete and utter disgrace to a beautiful city like Vienna.

    Michael says:
  • Some one has been watching too many sci fi movies

    Vooch says:
  • almost impossibly beautiful. nothing to do with space whatsoever. flat, regular floor plates dropped into hypercomplex fractal blob. we get it. you are capable of making beautiful things and are also in architecture school. but can’t we just make beautiful things without having to open our mouths and sound like idiots trying to justify it as architecture? this is everything that school is mocked for. grumble grumble

    jobecca says:
  • This would be very good for a movie.

    TATTOO-LY says:
  • nice graphics, unfortunate design

    mike says:
  • Looks like it\’s only skin deep. Would be more interested if the organic forms are more than just cosmetics. Very one dimensional. Scary imagery. I\’d probably think twice about using this space at night as a commuter.

    Bnh says:
  • A true piece of sh*t. Zanny- how would you know when it needed cleaning?

    prefer Calatrava says:
  • A tad flimsy and unlikely to withstand a single winter here in Wien. Looks like a pigeon magnet too. The triumph of design over common sense. I cannot really see Mayor Michael signing this off. HC would have him committed.

    Thurlac says:

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