All images courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group / BIG
Danish firm Bjarke Ingels’ Architecture Office BIG has revealed their innovative proposal for the Västerås Travel Centre in one of Sweden’s largest cities. The aim of the project is to replace the existing station with a scheme that establishes a seamless connection between the city’s transportation system. Connecting the old with the new, the surrounding landscape will be redesigned to enable an urban flow from the center to the newer areas by Lake Mälaren.
Collaborating with Tyrens, and Kragh & Berglund, BIG’s 12,000 sqm design sees the entire city’s infrastructure sheltered and placed together- under one floating roof. Appearing like a thin sheet, the canopy will house facilities such as bike parking, restaurants, retail, arranged alongside the railway and transportation facilities. Draped from the four corners to protect the scenery and define the urban space, visitors and travelers are beckoned in through each edge where it has been purposely designed to lift up and welcome people in. Sensitively shaped by the flow of people and public life, the new Västerås Travel Centre will inherently become an important social and economic node that will redefine the city’s infrastructure and landscape.