This is my graduation project for Station Nijmegen in the Netherlands.
Station Nijmegen has a surface area of circa 2 Hectares and is perfectly designed for logistics, rather than pedestrians. The area had so many little by little design revisions which led to a incoherent public space. Nijmegen is building some new amazing spaces, but the station has somehow been left behind.
Together with Nick Nieuwland I made a animation before we started on the project. It was to expand our skill set.
L to R: Three areas, No sight, Barriers, Busroute
L to R: Pedestrian route, Sitting area/city beginning, Different architectural styles, Scale
The station is made for dinosaurs, not for humans. L to R: Human, Brachiosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex
The video beneath gives an impression of usage in a 2 hour time-span. You can see the high intensity traffic and the dangerous pedestrian crossings.
The most important aspects I wanted to focus on are making a pedestrian-friendly city-space, an intuitive way-finding towards the city, showcase one existing architectural style, and bringing back the size of the square to a humane scale. This is brought to life trough a few principles.
Creating height differences to make smaller spaces
Using the existing architecture to layout a grid, which gives room for arrangement of the square
Grid taken from the existing architecture
Relaxing and functional area
Green/shadow and sunny/open areas
Watersystem, everything flows to the Oasis, where is being reused for cooling and irrigation
Airconditioning and smelltransfer for the station with the windcatcher principle
New functions, sight, and walkingroute
Canopy, heightened busstation and route
In the Oasis
Heightened busroad section and frontview
Oasis from ground level
Section middle square
Arrival on the station from the city
Section functional sunny area
Arrival from trainstation