SUDOPAK's design for Turkey's first modern high-speed train terminal
In recent years, some investments have been directed to railways and mainly to high speed train operations in Turkey. Some connections between important cities of Turkey, such as Ankara (4,000,000 residents), Istanbul (12,000,000), Eskisehir (725,000) and Konya (2,000,000) have been planned and partly established. The project is the design of a modern High Speed Train Terminal, which is planned to serve to 20.000 passengers in short-term and 50.000 passengers in medium-term per day, in Ankara, where all the high speed train lines meet.
The coordinated activity of conventional train and suburban train services, together with the proposed high speed train operations in the Ankara Train Station Area, is the objective. The underlying urban design concepts for this project are to transform the Train Station Area into an attraction centre with a history-sensitive and functional planning approach and the restructuring of the underutililised existing facilities accordance to their potential.
The 80,000 sq m terminal is a five-storey building, including two below and four above ground levels in addition to basements, where garages takes place. The levels are; the platform bays floor, in which 6 High Speed Train lines and 3 platforms are located, the concours floor, which connects platforms and entrance floor, the ground floor, with train station functions and spaces like station hall and ticket offices, VIP and CIP halls, luggage lockers, offices, High Speed Train cargo offices, prayer rooms, cafeteria and restaurants, various shopping facilities/shops, waiting halls, information desks and first aid/emergency center, 1st and 2nd floors, in which hotel and its related facilities take place and the 3rd floor where offices and meeting halls take place.
The design and the form of the building is unique and an inspiration of the high speed train itself. The guiding design principles that were implemented to carry out the design concept are; functionality, proportion, dominance and contrast .