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Zaha Hadid Architects and A_Lab to design Oslo stations

Jo Smit
20 Jan 2019

Zaha Hadid Architects and Oslo-based architect A_Lab have won a competition to design two of six stations planned for the new Fornebubanen metro line in Oslo. The pair will create the Fornbuporten and Fornebu Senter stations.

The planned 8 km Fornebubanen metro line will run in a sub-surface tunnel, connecting a station in Oslo city centre to Fornebu Senter, on the Fornebu peninsula. This will help to serve a community of 6,000 homes plus amenities, which is being developed on a decommissioned airport site on the peninsula.

The entrances at either end of the new Fornbuporten station define two distinct civic spaces at street level. To the south, there is a layered orthogonal pavilion and public piazza, extending the geometries of its urban surroundings. To the north, an oval canopy sits in the natural landscape of a community park. The contrasting geometries continue below ground, merging along the station’s platforms. Atmospheric lighting throughout the station fluctuates with the time of day to enhance passenger wellbeing.

Fornebu Senter station’s design draws inspiration from Norway’s landscapes, having carved-out spaces. Public plazas at street level flow into entrances at either end of the station, becoming meeting places.

Construction work on the metro line is scheduled to begin in 2020, with completion expected in 2025.

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