LocationVarnsdorf, Czech Republic
AuthorIng.arch. Petr ŠIKOLA, Ph.D.
Co-authorsIng.arch. Jan ČERNOCH, Ing. Jan PUSTĚJOVSKÝ, Ing.arch. Hana STAROŇOVÁ
Construction contractorplatform shelter – DIY, platform – Chládek a Tintěra
Location / Features of the Area
The first private train stop in the public space and private administration in the Czech Republic is situated near the Czech-German border, where railway track No. 828 Dresden – Ebersbasch – Zittau – Liberec – Tanvald interbreeds with Rumburská Street. The train stop connects the neighbouring part of the town of Varnsdorf and the area of Kocour Brewery to the system of local and regional transport network.
Architecture / Idea and Concept
The idea of solution of the platform shelter is inspired by the industrial atmosphere and the history of the town, by Varnsdorf Kocour Brewery and by the small architecture and landscape modifications in the area of the brewery.
The concept of the simple volume, two intersected open cubes, found the inspiration in wooden brewery boxes - beer basses. From the interior of these boxes a massive wooden bench with names of train stops on, protrudes into the space. The bench is carried by the logo of the brewery – steel „statue“ of the tomcat (“kocour” in Czech).
The concept refers to the industrial identity of the place with its material solution – steel structure, 20mm thick-walled steel plate is determined to become rusty during life-cycle of the structure. The steel plate is perforated with small circle holes, which form the logo of the brewery. This allows interesting distribution of daylight into the interior. On the other hand night interior lighting - LED strips - illuminates the logo in perforated walls out to the darkness of the exterior. The floor of the shelter is made from galvanized grates with comaxite surface, which will get a patina during the time. The black colour is getting of in the most frequently used areas and the light colour of the galvanizing can be seen. The exterior of the shelter is completed with an identification sign, which is sprayed with white colour, „Pivovar” (Brewery).
Architecture / Disposition
The interior of two cubes is partly open with views to the railway and partly closed to ensure the protection against unfavourable weather. Besides the bench for passengers, also track schedules in atypical polycarbonate cases, beer bottle opener and a case for beer caps is located inside. The lockable service installation space for tools for maintenance and for electrical box is hidden in the back part of the shelter. The drain from the roof is also hidden in this space.
The appearance of the shelter refers by its material solution to industrial history of the industrial complex, patina of the rust evokes a harmony of the structure with adjoining natural environment, with the atmosphere and the identity of the place.
Two intersected open cubes, which form the volume of the platform shelter of the Kocour Brewery train stop, refers to the shape of historical beer basses. This created an interesting interior space with suitable proportions.
Tectonics of the construction
Respecting the own form, the structure is intentionally not being supported by columns and entablatures. It is carried by the own construction from massive steel plates, which appropriately define the intended space, using the simplest possible way.
The material solution – massive steel plate with rusty patina, gratings with comaxite surface with zinc that can be seen through in some places, solid laminated wood with black signs and the kind of using life-cycle completes the architectural intent, in its expression refers to the industrial history of the area.
The platform shelter is accented by circular perforations in the shape of the logo of the brewery tomcat, which greatly attracts the attention of passengers and identifies with the place.