London and Rotterdam based architecture firm, Maccreanor Lavington has completed a major new metro station in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The new 550m² station and 1,880m² platform in the neighbourhood of Bijlmermeer started on site in 2010 and sits on the site of the original station, built in 1970.
The metro station features a ground level entrance with new escalators to take passengers up to the platforms, a major improvement for citizens as the old station only had stairs. The ground level entrance provides the main focal point of the station with an elegant stainless steel façade with a floral design. The laser cut design allows plenty of natural light to flow through the entrance, helping the passenger journey to seamlessly flow from the external surroundings into the station.
At night time the design allows the station to be a lantern for the local neighbourhood, creating a sense of warmth on street level and creating an instantly recognizable feature for the station. The architects’ chose stainless steel for the external façade due to its durability and low maintenance enabling the station not to need constant upkeep.
Since the beginning of the late 1990s the area has seen massive investment transforming it from its previous negative public opinion and now making it a thriving suburb of Amsterdam.
Now completed, the station will be in use by over 100,000 residents in Bijlmermeer, a vast increase on the number of users from when the station first opened and completes one of the biggest urban regeneration projects in Europe in recent history.
Photography: Luuk Kramer
Bijlmermeer is in the South-East of Amsterdam and is home to 100,000 residents from over 150 nationalities. The neighbourhood was originally designed as a hexagonal grid of almost identical high-rise brutalist towers. Construction of the city started in 1962 with the first apartments opening 1968.
The neighbourhood gained a reputation of high crime levels and social segregation from other areas of Amsterdam. In the late 1990s huge investment was aimed at the city with new architecture and homes, creating social diversification.
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ARCHITECTS: Maccreanor Lavington Architects
CONTRACTOR: Strukton Bouw
CLIENT: Dienst infrastructuur Verkeer Vervoer, GVB, Stadsdeel Zuidoost
CONTRACT VALUE: €14.000.000
INTERIORS: Maccreanor Lavington
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Ingenieursbureau Amsterdam
M&E ENGINEER: Arcadis
Lighting Consultant: Sjoerd van Beers, Beersnielsen
Façade: stainless steel, AISI 316, 5mm thick.
Floor: ceramic tiles, 600x600mm, Unglazed, dry-pressed, single-fired, fully vitrified slip resistant.
Wall: ceramic tiles, 150x150mm, corner specials. Unglazed, dry-pressed, single-fired, fully vitrified slip resistant floor tiles.
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Maccreanor Lavington was established in London and Rotterdam in the early nineties by Gerard Maccreanor and Richard Lavington. Their diverse portfolio ranges from individual buildings to large scale urban design, with particular expertise in housing, public buildings and the regeneration of town centres and former industrial zones. They have received numerous awards, most recently an RIBA National Award (2013), the New London Architecture Award (2013) and a Housing Design Award (2013). They also received the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize in 2008 alongside Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Alison Brooks Architects.