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Tianjin West Railway Station / gmp architekten

  • Architects: gmp architekten
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Stephan Rewolle
  • Project Leader: Jiang Lin Lin
  • Design Team Phase 1: Iris Belle, Shi Liang, Du Peng, Chunsong Dong
  • Design Team Phase 2: Nicolas Pomränke, Jochen Sültrup, Clemens Ahlgrimm, Christian Dorndorf, Bernd Gotthardt, Clemens Kampermann, Kian Lian, Sabine Stage, Cai Wei
  • Design Team, Phase 3: Sebastian Linnack, Thomas Schubert, Zheng Shan Shan
  • Detailed Design Team: Phase 4 Dong Shu Ying, Sebastian Linack, Thomas Schubert, Zheng Shan Shan
  • Structural Engineers: schlaich bergermann und partner
  • Client: Tianjin Ministry of Railway
  • Area: 179000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of gmp architekten

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From the architect. After a construction period of two and a half years, von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects (gmp) have completed

the Tianjin West Railway Station in China. The new intersection, which is located about 130 kilometers

south-west of Beijing, serves as a stop on the high-speed line between the Chinese capital and Shanghai, as well

as connecting the various regional lines and linking these to the underground network. The local urban design

function of the railway station is to connect a commercial area to the north with the old city center to the south,

bridging tracks, a river and a road in this city of 12 million residents.

Site Plan
Site Plan

The architects have highlighted the bridge function between the city quarters with a 57 meter high and nearly

400 meter long barrel vault roof above the terminal concourse. Its curved roof is reminiscent of a large scale city

gate and the long, stretched out concourse beneath of a classic place of transit. The portals of the eastern and

western sides of the curved hall are symmetrically framed by arcades. To the south of the building a large and

open station forecourt covers a wide area which gives credence to the importance and dimension of this railway


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Passengers enter the new Tianjin West Railway Station through the main entrances on the north and south

sides. Arched cantilevers above the entrances and tall window fronts convey an initial impression of the space

passengers encounter in the concourse, which is flooded with daylight, providing a high quality atmosphere and

clear orientation for travelers. Daylight reaches the concourse through the diamond shaped steel and glass roof

construction, and while the lower part is nearly transparent and admits a great deal of light, the upper part serves

as protection against direct solar radiation. The barrel vault roof conveys a dynamic impression, not least because

its steel elements vary in width and depth from the bottom to the top, and are woven together. Escalators

and lifts are available for passengers and visitors to descend to the platforms. This technically and structurally

sustainable railway station illustrates a contemporary interpretation of the cathedrals of traffic from the heydays

of railway travel.

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