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Transformation of Leiden Central Station Master Plan / Maxwan

Transformation of Leiden Central Station Master Plan / Maxwan

Maxwan shared with us their master plan design for the transformation of the Leiden Central Station and its quarter in Leiden City, Netherlands. From a neglected station area into a vibrant new high-density neighborhood, their design strengthens the connection between the historic center in the south and Leiden’s Bio-Science District in the north. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Special care is taken to create a natural transition from the historic center into this new high density neighborhood. The street network has a similar fine grain and scale due to a special building typology. By combining low street facades with set back high rises, high density is created while attractive street lights , squares and green spaces are retained. The plan comprises 1000 new houses, workspaces for local starters as well as international firms, a new extension of Leiden’s shopping center, a multiplex cinema, cutting edge parking solutions and a new public transport hub including an indoor bus station and a light-rail station.

Courtesy of Maxwan
Courtesy of Maxwan

New and enhanced connections allow pedestrians and bicyclists to travel on street level between the two sides of the station without crossing cars, buses and trams.

Courtesy of Maxwan
Courtesy of Maxwan

Architect: Maxwan Location: Leiden, Netherlands Team leader: Kris Schaasberg Team: Anna Borzyszkowska, Artur Borejszo, Nara Lee, Nobuki Ogasahara, Rene Sangers, Harm te Velde Partner in charge: Rients Dijkstra, Hiroki Matsuura Program: transport hub, office, housing, retail, cinema, congress centre, hotel Client: City of Leiden Site area: 10 ha

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Cite: Alison Furuto. "Transformation of Leiden Central Station Master Plan / Maxwan" 27 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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