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Metro Architects, Malmo, Sweden 
Tuesday 13 Mar 2012
 
City of Malmo travels in a new direction 
 
Metro Architects 
 
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Two new stations sit along the new city tunnel in Malmo, Sweden 

Station Hyllie is the first station you reach when travelling by train from Copenhagen's Kastrup airport and so becomes Malmo's gateway to Copenhagen.

This innovative station building features a large round roof with a diameter of 45 m. It is lit from below using uplights and hovers like a UFO above the station entrance. The roof is perforated by 52 round lantern lights which allow daylight to penetrate right down to the platforms, thereby eliminating any sense of an underground station. Daylight and lines of sight have acted as important parameters for creating a safe environment. The station is a regional and local train station with four tracks and two platforms.

Bartenbach LichtLabor of Innsbruck are responsible for the lighting concept. The artistic decoration has been carried out by Kristina Matusch of Malmo.

The original Terminal Building of  Malmo Central Station is in two sections. The smaller Green Hall was formerly a waiting room for third-class passengers in the 1920s. The Central Hall started out as an open platform building. Its old brick walls and herring-bone tiled floor have been carefully preserved. Beneath the domed roof, 15 shops and restaurants provide an inviting environment for people to meet and eat.

The City Tunnel, opened in December 2010, is an underground rail link connecting Malmo to the Öresund Bridge and Copenhagen. At Malmo Central Station, passengers enter the subterranean station through the Glass Hall, a 130-metre terminal that unites Malmo's busy city streets with its elegant waterfront. It is used by 40,000 passengers every day. With its ultra-modern glass and steel structure, the Glass Hall unmistakeably belongs in the 21st century.

Metro has been responsible for the design of all new construction and alterations at Malmo Central Station above ground. The City Tunnel is being constructed to the north of the existing Malmo Central Station. A new arrivals area is being created which is delimited partly by the new ”Glass Hall”, and partly by the new car park building to the east. The Glass Hall’s modern design contrasts with the historic building of the Central Station. Modern architecture efficiently caters for the increasing flow of people travelling, while older parts of the station have been given a different use with a greater focus on service. For over 150 years, Malmo Central Station has been altered, converted and extended.

For one and a half centuries, Malmo Central Station formed a northerly limit for city planners. But the redevelopment of Malmo’s old wharves and docksides means the station is about to claim a more central position as the city’s transport hub. The new Glass Hall on the station’s north wing symbolises the city’s fresh direction. It presents a gleaming new front to the north, once the station’s unprepossessing neighbour.

Malmo Central Station is a protected heritage building. The original terminal is the oldest structure of its type in Sweden and it has been a major challenge not just to preserve the terminal’s original character but to enhance it. Jernhusen has worked closely with the Skåne County Administrative Board to achieve this, for instance by creating full visibility into the Train Shed for the first time through the adjacent Glass Hall.

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