Transformation Station Voorburg / POSAD

The stationsquare offers room for public events

The city of Leidschendam-Voorburg [] has recently approved the design for a extensive transformation of the Station area. The urban plan, designed by POSAD spatial strategies, connects the different scales that are present, such as the historical center of Voorburg and the adjacent Binckhorst business park. The array of functions of the transport hub – railway, tram, bicycle and bus connections – will profit from this strategic transformation. Images of the project in addition to a description from the architects can be found after the jump.

Park design with new embankments

The station area of Voorburg may be regarded as one of the most important transportation hubs of the Haaglanden district. In the eighties, railroads and highway were elevated and tram, bus and city traffic were positioned beneath the viaduct. This improved the flow of traffic, but at the same time divided historic city structures. In the years to come, several attempts were made to mend this scar but it became clear the solution should entail an emphasis on quality.

The square as optimum transit

The promenade

Offers a robust and secure pedestrian route between the historic center and the Binckhorst business park. The 600 meter long route structures and connects the different functions of the transport hub with landscape and park. Instead of denying the large overpass, it uses the superimposed diagonal line to bring balance to the various historic layers and functions.

From parking area to pedestrian area

Optimal transit

The transit between the different ways of transport is simplified and the passengers will experience a clear, pleasant and safe public area. Aside from the masterplan, POSAD will design various architectural elements like the tram stop, benches and lighting elements. The station square will have a multifunctional character, so markets and other social gatherings are an option.

The promenade at the bus station

Spatial options

The Voorburg station will function as the main public transportation hub for the Binckhorst business park, being one of the key urban developments of the Haaglanden region in the decades to come. The urban plan provides a solution that transcends the municipal boundaries and will provide a future-proof alternative for high quality public transport. “ If you limit your design to a single scale, the plan will fail in the complete context,” according to POSAD principal Han Dijk, referring to the complex coherence between the different scales of the project.

The connection with the Binckhorst

Architect: POSAD
Location: Leidschendam-Voorburg, the Netherlands
Development surface: 3,4 acres
Development start: 4th quarter of 2011
Development delivery: 4th quarter of 2012
Client(s): Municipality of Leidschendam-Voorburg, City-region Haaglanden
Collaborating parties: APPM, Movares

The city of Leidschendam-Voorburg [the Netherlands] has recently approved
the design for a extensive transformation of the Station  area.The urban
plan, designed by spatial strategies, connects the different scales
that are present, such as the historical center of Voorburg and the
adjacent Binckhorst business park. The array of functions of the transport
hub – railway, tram, bicycle and bus connections – will profit from this
strategic transformation.
The station area of Voorburg may be regarded as one of the most important
transportation hubs of  the Haaglanden district. In the eighties, railroads
and highway were elevated and tram, bus and city traffic were positioned
beneath the viaduct. This improved the flow of traffic, but at the same
time divided historic city structures. In the years to come, several
attempts were made to mend this scar but it became clear the solution
should entail an emphasis on quality.
The promenade
Offers a robust and secure pedestrian route between the historic center and
the Binckhorst business park. The 600 metre long route structures and
connects the different functions of the transport hub with landscape and
park. Instead of denying the large overpass, it uses the superimposed
diagonal line to bring balance to the various historic layers and
functions.
Optimal transit
The transit between the different ways of transport is simplified and the
passengers will experience a clear, pleasant and safe public area. Aside
from the masterplan, POSAD will design various architectural elements like
the tram stop, benches and lighting elements. The station square will have
a multifunctional character, so markets and other social gatherings are an
option.
Spatial options
The Voorburg station will function as the main public transportation hub
for the Binckhorst businesspark, being one of the key urban developments of
the Haaglanden region in the decades to come. The urban plan provides a
solution that transcends the municipal boundaries and will provide a
future-proof alternative for high quality public transport.
“ If you limit your design to a single scale, the plan will fail in the
complete context,” according to POSAD principal Han Dijk, referring to the
complex coherence between the different scales of the project.
Data:
Development surface: 3,4 acres
Development start: 4th quarter of 2011
Development delivery: 4th quarter of 2012
Client(s): Municipality of Leidschendam-Voorburg, City-region Haaglanden
Collaborating parties: APPM, Movares
Cite: Jarz, Hank. "Transformation Station Voorburg / POSAD" 18 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=120634>
  • Abd-alrahman S Ahmed

    I think Urban transformation is great .. but I see the project need much spirit .

  • Rizky Muzakir

    Been there, it was boring as hell