Architecture

Vinge's undulating train station lets the city flow around it

Vinge Train Station, in Denmark, will have an undulating circular design that helps avoid splitting the city in two
Vinge Train Station, in Denmark, will have an undulating circular design that helps avoid splitting the city in two
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Vinge Train Station, in Denmark, will have an undulating circular design that helps avoid splitting the city in two
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Vinge Train Station, in Denmark, will have an undulating circular design that helps avoid splitting the city in two
Vinge Train Station is designed to merge into the city
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Vinge Train Station is designed to merge into the city
Vinge Train Station is designed to let people move around without being impeded by the station itself
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Vinge Train Station is designed to let people move around without being impeded by the station itself
Vinge Train Station has an undulating ring that rises above the tracks and merges into the ground on either side
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Vinge Train Station has an undulating ring that rises above the tracks and merges into the ground on either side
The raised sections of Vinge Train Station provide cover on the platforms
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The raised sections of Vinge Train Station provide cover on the platforms
A section view of Vinge Train Station
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A section view of Vinge Train Station
A section view of Vinge Train Station
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A section view of Vinge Train Station
A plan view of Vinge Train Station
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A plan view of Vinge Train Station

Rail infrastructure has a tendency to split cities into two, beyond just its physical route. A station in Denmark, however, will use clever design to negate any such sense of separation. Vinge Train Station will use an undulating concourse that allows the city to flow seamlessly across the tracks.

The train station has been designed by city masterplan project veterans Henning Larsen Architects. The firm explains that the Vinge Train Station development is part of a larger plan for connecting the future city. Vinge is new city that will be built to the north of Copenhagen and will be the largest urban development project in Denmark. The S-train is seen as a key feature of the city, connecting it to the surrounding areas.

A plan view of Vinge Train Station
A plan view of Vinge Train Station

The aim of the station is, of course, to facilitate the easy coming-and-going of those moving in and out of the city. Situated in the center of Vinge, it has also been designed with the aim of pulling the city together and allowing for the easy movement of people within the city.

The main facet of the station will be its circular design, which will undulate to provide the necessary thoroughfares. It will appear almost as though a ring has been laid across the top of the station, touching down on either side of the tracks and merging into the ground to create open spaces for movement between the platform edges and the rest of the city. The ring will then rise as it swings around and above the train line, ensuring there is clearance for trains and that people can move freely across the tracks.

Vinge Train Station has an undulating ring that rises above the tracks and merges into the ground on either side
Vinge Train Station has an undulating ring that rises above the tracks and merges into the ground on either side

This design will give Vinge Train Station the sense of being one large open concourse that is raised in certain places. It will allow freedom of movement, providing people with a more organic means of moving around the area than being siphoned through a single bridge or tunnel.

The station has also been designed in such a way as to reduce the impact of wind on the station, with part-covered platforms to provide shelter from the elements and gutters for rainwater so as to minimize the chance of people slipping on wet surfaces.

Vigne Train Station is expected to be completed by 2017, whilst the construction of Vinge city is expected to run through to 2033.

Source: Henning Larsen Architects

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