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Public Transport Terminal | Arnhem

OV Terminal Bird view | Arnhem | Sorba Projects
OV Terminal Bird view | Arnhem | Sorba Projects
OV Terminal Entrance | Arnhem | Sorba Projects
OV Terminal Bird view entrance | Arnhem | Sorba Projects
OV Terminal Dak detail Arnhem | Sorba Projects
OV Terminal Bird view | Arnhem | Sorba ProjectsOV Terminal Entrance | Arnhem | Sorba ProjectsOV Terminal Bird view entrance | Arnhem | Sorba ProjectsOV Terminal Dak detail Arnhem | Sorba Projects

Arnhem Centraal Station is the main railway station serving the city of Arnhem. It is situated in the heart of the city and serves as a significant transportation hub for both regional and national train services. The station underwent a major redevelopment and expansion project, which was completed in 2015.

The station building itself is an architectural landmark, characterized by its modern and innovative design. It features a spacious and open layout with various facilities for passengers.

Connected with the world

Arnhem Centraal Station offers excellent connectivity, with direct train connections to various cities in the Netherlands and beyond. It is an important interchange for regional trains, additionally, it is well-connected to other major cities in the Netherlands, including Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam, and The Hague.

In addition to train services, the station integrates other modes of public transportation. It serves as a hub for local and regional bus services, making it easier for passengers to transfer between trains and buses. Bicycle parking facilities are also available, promoting sustainable transportation options.

Innovative and original

The engineering and architectural design of Arnhem Centraal Station is a remarkable example of modern and innovative transportation infrastructure.

Architectural design was led by UNStudio, Ben van Berkel, who has been responsible for the station’s design which emphasizes openness and transparency. The building features a spacious and light-filled interior, achieved through the use of large glass facades, atriums, and skylights. The transparent design creates a sense of openness and allows natural light to penetrate deep into the station.

One of the most striking features of Arnhem Centraal Station is its undulating roof structure, often described as a “wave.” The roof is partly made  of glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC). And the wave-like form of the roof gives the station a distinctive and dynamic appearance.

The design of Arnhem Centraal Station focuses on integrating the station into its urban context.  As the station serves as a gateway to the city and connects different parts of Arnhem, it seamlessly blends with the surrounding urban fabric.

Engineering on point

Sorba has been responsible for the engineering, project management and installation of the complete project.

The engineering and architectural design of Arnhem Centraal Station has received recognition for its innovation and sustainability. It has become an iconic landmark in the city, reflecting Arnhem’s commitment to modern and efficient public transportation infrastructure.

Glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) was used in the construction of the roof of Arnhem Centraal Station, including the Diamond structure. GFRC is a composite material that combines fine fibers of glass with concrete, resulting in a strong and lightweight material.

GFRC was employed in the structural elements of the roof, providing strength and stability. The use of GFRC allowed for the creation of intricate and complex shapes while keeping the weight of the structure relatively low.

By incorporating GFRC into the roof design, the architects and engineers were able to achieve a visually striking and functional canopy. The combination of GFRC with other materials like ETFE cushions contributed to the overall aesthetic appeal and performance of the roof at Arnhem Centraal Station.

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BAM / Ballast Nedam

Glass reinforced concrete panels in flat, 2D and 3D shapes on the roof

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