Proposed designs for the West Link stations will be presented in the design programme that is planned to be exhibited together with the Railway Plan in December. Apart from attractiveness, many features are taken into account when designing the stations.
The West Link will be designed in interplay with the city, landscape and passengers in order to offer positive experiences in an attractive and well-functioning environment. The Swedish Transport Administration, has together with the City of Gothenburg and Västtrafik developed design objectives for the three West Link stations Centralen, Haga and Korsvägen. Attractive, accessible, sustainable, durable and secure are the five goals that have been formulated for the design work.
– Design is not merely a question of having green marble on the floors. The design programme provides examples of solutions that achieve the goals in the best way possible – and we will continue to work on these proposals at a later stage. The final design will probably differ in a number of ways from the solution we are presenting now, but the basic principles and the overall directions will be the same, says architect Johny Lindeberg, who is coordinating the design work in the West Link Project.
Attractive and easy-oriented stations
In addition to esthetically attractive stations, considerable focus has also been directed on bringing daylight into the stations and their intermediate floors. This will make it easier for people to find their way around, and increase their sense of security and comfort.
– Wherever possible, we also want people to be able to see trees or landmarks such as Haga Church from inside the stations, says Johny.
The design of the stations is based on energy-saving solutions and sustainably produced materials, and the station and facility also intend to reflect our time and age with dignity. The stations shall furthermore be adapted to be accessible for everyone.
– There will be clear direction signs so that passengers easily can find their way between the platforms, and wide corridors to facilitate accessibility. Features such as signs in Braille, buttons for spoken announcements, guided routes for the visually impaired and contrast markings are also included, continues Johny.
Social meeting places during the construction stage
The Swedish Transport Administration has also produced examples of how the design during the West Link construction stage can create social meeting places. For example, a hoarding used to screen off the construction site can be used as a viewing area along the building site, or as a windbreak for a pleasant outdoor café or restaurant area.
– The general public shall get an experience as positive as possible throughout the construction period. Wherever possible, we will let the general public pass through the construction site in order to satisfy their curiosity and to feel involved in the process. It will be just as easy for pedestrians to move around as it is today, there will be proper and clear instructions and signs, says Johny.
The illustrated example shows a view from the intermediate floor at one of the exits of Station Centralen. Illustration: Metro Arkitekter
The illustration shows an example of the northern exit from the platforms at Station Haga. Illustration: Abako Arkitektkontor
The illustration shows a possible new building for Station Korsvägen in the existing landscape. Illustration: White Arkitekter