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New Aveiro Train Station / JLLA

  • Architects: JLLA
  • Location: Aveiro, Portugal
  • Design Team: João Lúcio Lopes, Gemma Vila, Paulo Gouveia, Rui Fortes, Vitor Coutinho Lopes
  • Structural Engineer: Carlos Baptista
  • Landscape : Gibb-Portugal
  • Area: 12000.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

From the architect. New Aveiro Train Station – Interface - includes a variety of urban complementary interventions:
-The construction of an underground passage that provides a new link/transition between the east and west sides of the city; 
-The rehabilitation and redesign of urban West marginal spaces close to the railway station;
-The reinvention of the urban front closer to the station through the design of new housing blocks in the East side of the station.

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

Therefore, the architectural and urban solution was based on the idea of centrality around the station, its symbolism and its multiple functionalities. The new station functions as a public equipment that despite its prime functional constraint - railway line that runs through and divides places - can create a new identity for the city's marginal zone and succeed to connect/link two urban areas: old city and marginal urban neighborhoods. 

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

The station was designed as a crossing of 4 "entries", two on each side of the train track. In each of these entrances a reception outside space is placed. This arriving space has the scale and size necessary to allow the permanence of crowds, regular situation in train stations.

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti
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