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Nick Myall
11 Sep 2015

Arnhem’s new transfer terminal will create a fresh identity for the town’s station area

The Arnhem Central Transfer Terminal in the Netherlands will celebrate its grand opening on Nov 19th 2015.

The transfer terminal is the central and organising component of the Arnhem Central Masterplan, which UNStudio undertook in 1996. Alongside the various components of the masterplan, the transfer terminal will create a new identity for the station area, which forms an important future-oriented node catering for an increase in rail traffic from Germany and Europe.

The expansion generates 80,000 sq ms of office space, 11,000 sq ms of shops, 150 housing units, a new station hall, a fourth railway platform, a railway underpass, a car tunnel, storage for 5,000 bicycles and a garage for 1,000 cars. 

Light falls through from above onto the lower entrances to the station, garage and offices and creates clear and lengthy vision lines, aiding pedestrian orientation and wayfinding.

One of the largest post-war developments in the city, the design for Arnhem Central Station employs double ground use to expand the station area into a multimodal transport hub and a mixed-use venue for work, living, retail, restaurants and entertainment.

Bus terminal and train station are combined into a new type of complex - an integrated public transportation area. The area is organised as a roofed-over, climate-controlled plaza that interconnects and gives access to trains, taxis, buses, bikes, parking, office spaces and the town centre. The new identity of the station area acknowledges the regional significance of Arnhem. More than 65,000 people pass through it every day; for many visitors the town starts here. With its central bus stops for regional and local buses and parking facilities, the station area forms the main entrance to the town. 

The intersection of different traffic systems is reduced to a minimum to optimise pedestrian accessibility to all facilities. Work with investors on the development of a 24-hour programme contributes to an active and safe location. Pedestrian movements, transport systems, light, construction and the distribution of the programme are fused in one continuous landscape. 


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