German architecture firm von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) has been commissioned to design the new southern railway station in Hangzhou.
The project involves the conversion and extension of the station in the Xiao Shan district to the south of the Qiantang river; after the eastern and main railway stations it will be the third largest railway station of this metropolis.
The base plinth consists of grey granite, the main building’s white walls enclose the waiting room level which is framed by perforated vertical slats – a reference to the traditional Chinese window shutters.
Passengers enter the station through foyers to the east and west. The 200m long and 18m high waiting hall – with its free-spanning construction without columns and plentiful daylight – is said to offer passengers easy orientation.
gmp was also behind Tianjin West Railway Station which, following its completion in 2011, serves as a stop along the high-speed line between Beijing and Shanghai.