Later this month, UNStudio will unwrap one of its largest projects to date – the Arnhem Central Station in the Netherlands. This €37.5m terminal is the product of 20 years work by the practice, starting from masterplanning, and ending in a multipurpose transport hub with a dramatically twisting roof. This long-term project is part of a wider urban regeneration effort for Arnhem and is the largest post-war development for the city.
UNStudio conceived the terminal as a flowing landscape of different functions stacked up to four storeys above ground and two below. The key space is the 5,355m2 main Transfer Hall, topped with a dynamic, undulating roof form. UNStudio aimed to blur distinctions between the inside and outside of the terminal by continuing the urban landscape into the Transfer Hall.
The new terminal, which replaces a 1950s train station, will facilitate economic growth by enabling a vastly increased daily passenger flow to the city. The station and masterplan redevelopment will establish Arnhem as an important node between Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.