Station 20 in Sofia \ Peter Ruge Architekten

• January 9, 2012

01 STATION20 Birds Eye Perspective Night 600x424 Station 20 in Sofia \ Peter Ruge Architekten

Station 20 in Sofia, render courtesy Peter Ruge Architekten

STATION 20

New Metro Station 20 on Metro Line 1 in Sofia, Bulgaria Competition 2011 Size GFA: 2,430 sqm

Location

Acting as a primary metro connection between Sofia’s city centre and the airport, and the hub of a major commercial redevelopment plan, the design of Station 20 site seeks to establish clear pathways, form active connections and harmonise architecture and landscape.

02 STATION20 Site Plan 600x424 Station 20 in Sofia \ Peter Ruge Architekten

Station 20 in Sofia, render courtesy Peter Ruge Architekten

Site

The sites linear structure is inspired by the pattern and scale of the neighbouring high-density housing blocks of the Druzhba residential quarter. The angular direction of the landscape reflects the natural structure of the site boundary, generating a visual language that informs the division of public spaces and creates pathways, guiding pedestrian flow to and from the station.

03 STATION20 Perspective from main plaza 600x424 Station 20 in Sofia \ Peter Ruge Architekten

Station 20 in Sofia, render courtesy Peter Ruge Architekten

05 STATION20 Entrance Shopping Court Perspective 600x424 Station 20 in Sofia \ Peter Ruge Architekten

Station 20 in Sofia, render courtesy Peter Ruge Architekten

Architecture

Main entry to Station 20’s underground concourse level is accessed via a vast corner plaza, providing a public space for circulation between the station services and the existing bus service infrastructure. The sweeping canopy of the entrance hall emerges out of the landscape as a wave, simultaneously pulling the structure up as it pushes the plaza down into the ground to meet with the level of the concourse. Finely cast steel elements with a non-flammable canvas lining stretched underneath, create an elegant structure and a glowing interior, achieved through concealed and integrated lighting.

07 STATION20 Entrance Shopping Court Perspective 600x424 Station 20 in Sofia \ Peter Ruge Architekten

Station 20 in Sofia, render courtesy Peter Ruge Architekten

Concourse

In response to the 120,000 daily flow of passengers, the stations concourse level has been extended to accommodate the maximum passenger loads expected, thus reducing congestion through passenger control systems. Visual connection from all entrances into the halls have been optimised to promote passenger safety, assist station security and maximise natural light.

The concourse is further extended to include a shopping court, capitalising on high passenger flows, whilst providing future potential for an underpass connection from the station to the planned adjacent shopping centre development.

06 STATION20 Floor Plan 600x424 Station 20 in Sofia \ Peter Ruge Architekten

Station 20 in Sofia, render courtesy Peter Ruge Architekten

04 STATION20 Section 600x424 Station 20 in Sofia \ Peter Ruge Architekten

Station 20 in Sofia, render courtesy Peter Ruge Architekten

+ Project facts

STATION 20
New Metro Station 20 on Metro Line 1 in Sofia, Bulgaria
Client: Sofia Capital Muncipality, Architecture and Urban Spatial Development Service
Competition team: Peter Ruge Architekten | http://www.peter-ruge.de/
Peter Ruge, Kayoko Uchiyama, Matthias Matschewski, Alison McNicol, Hyesook Ahn, Duan Fu,
Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Brief: Design of the new Metro Station 20 on Metro Line 1, including public spaces and land-scape design.
Scope of services: Open international competition
Size Site: 12, 390 sqm
GFA: 2,430 sqm

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Category: Architecture, Transportation

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