[FIRST LOOK] Mecanoo’s new train station in Delft has opened to the public
The 28,320m² scheme, which also includes a city hall and municipal offices, sits above a new train tunnel built to replace an old concrete viaduct that has divided the city since 1965.
The building’s new station hall includes an undulating vaulted ceiling featuring an 1877 map of the Dutch city, and columns clad in a mosaic of Delft-blue tiles.
Clad in a glass skin, the station’s exterior is designed to ‘reflect the Dutch skies’.
Francine Houben, Mecanoo founder and winner of the AJ’s 2014 Woman Architect of the Year Award, said: ‘Coming up the escalators, the impressive ceiling with the historic map of Delft unfolds. When you look outside, you see the city and the old station as a modern ‘View of Delft’ by the painter Johannes Vermeer. Arriving in Delft is now an unforgettable experience!’
The station’s below ground platforms have been designed by Dutch practice Benthem Crowel.
The city hall and development of offices which will sit above the station are set to complete in 2017, when there will be direct access into the city hall from the station.
The architect’s view
‘Throughout the design process the building volume has been shaved and reformed to create a compact, highly efficient building form. The lowered roof lines at the corners provide a gradual transition towards the existing small-scale development of the Delft city centre and the adjacent Wester Quarter. Incisions in the glass volume form a pattern of alleyways and courtyards, which are themselves inspired by the intricate structure of Delft itself.
‘The glass skin of the building is designed to reflect the Dutch skies. The panels of fused glass with lens-like spheres reference a vernacular window design that can be seen throughout the historic city. The combination and rhythm of open panels of high performance glass and closed fused glass panels enable a high degree of energy efficiency.’