A big congratulations to ABAKO arkitektkontor AB and JSA Architecture ltd. who have won the Future Project sub-category in the 2014 WAN Transport Award with their design for Haga Station in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Haga station is one of three underground stations on the proposed West Link rail project crossing central Gothenburg. Assessing the Future Projects were Jack Robbins, Principal at FXFOWLE; Anthony Leslie, Vice President at HOK; Jennifer Marmon, Founding Partner of Platform for Architecture + Research; and John Martin, Associate Principal at AECOM.
All of the panel were impressed with how well the design addressed challenging natural, historic and technical issues. The Haga Station will be constructed 25-30m below ground in a highly sensitive urban environment, directly under a historic park with many mature trees, a 19th century church and the University of Gothenburg’s original library.
Jack Robbins summated the design as ‘clean, elegant, and well organized with nice attention to daylight’. Jennifer Marmon was also very taken with the project, adding: “I also think this is innovative spatially and geometrically.”
The alignment also passes under the old city moat and cuts through the remains of 17th Century fortifications. There are three entrances: one in the south is to be integrated into a new university building; and two in the north which will provide interchange with tram and bus services, as well as access to the city centre. Construction will start in 2016-2018 and the railway is expected to be operational in 2026.
John Martin noted: “There are extremely challenging natural, historic, and technical issues to overcome. Getting daylight deeply into the entrances is good, especially in a locale where daylight can be at a premium.”
Thank you to our judges for taking the time to share their knowledge and thanks to all who participated in the award this year.
WAN AWARDS Co-ordinator