The building of The Hague Central Railway Station underwent a large-scale reconstruction. The multifunctional roof of the new structure reminds a pattern of the giant diamonds.
The project was developed in 2003; reconstruction started in 2006 from renovation of the trolley stop. Construction of the new railway station began in 2011. The authors are architects of Benthem Crouwel. The old building of the station constructed in the 70’s was demolished and replaced by a glass transparent box.
The building foundation exceeds the size of a football field. Its dimensions are 120 m*96 m. Height is 22 m; the total area of the premises – 20 thousand sq.m.
The station features the main city transport communications: trams, speed trains and a bus terminal. The complex is equipped with comfortable waiting rooms and stores.
There are four entrances in the station. This allowed the architects to connect the center of the city with the main financial district Beatrix.
The town square is covered by the glass roof supported by eight columns.
The roof is patterned by even rhombus and each cell of them includes the plates reminding the giant diamonds. These elements are both decorative and technical – they create an original shadow show, perfect acoustics and illumination. In case of smoke generation or overheating the plates are automatically opened.
The platforms are situated at the ground level; the trams are closer to the roof. The cars get inside through the holes in the fronts.
The architects made a bright, spacious and comfortable space that is easy to be oriented in.
Earlier the specialists of Benthem Crouwel made reconstruction of the railway station in Rotterdam. Now they are ready to go to Utrecht. In general the program of the major repairs includes six Netherlands railway stations.