“Golden Eye” in Graz \ Zechner & Zechner ZTGmbH

• April 25, 2013

NVK Graz 24 600x400 Golden Eye in Graz \ Zechner & Zechner ZTGmbH

© Thilo Härdtlein

After a construction period of 2 years and an investment sum of 90 million Euros the new hub for short way traffic at the main station in Graz was completed in time and within budget. The forecourt of the station now showcases with a completely new design. The new canopy, called “Golden Eye” by the population is the striking element. The most important innovation is the tramway line, connecting the 4 tram lines to the station below ground.

NVK Graz 01 600x400 Golden Eye in Graz \ Zechner & Zechner ZTGmbH

© Thilo Härdtlein

The project itself influences the urban concept of the whole urban area around the station. The enhanced attractiveness of the large square is the initial project for the further urban development.

NVK Graz 30 600x400 Golden Eye in Graz \ Zechner & Zechner ZTGmbH

© Thilo Härdtlein

With the new sub terrestrial station the formerly heterogeneous appearance of the square and the dissatisfying traffic pattern could be adapted.

NVK Graz 32 600x400 Golden Eye in Graz \ Zechner & Zechner ZTGmbH

© Thilo Härdtlein

The most significant element of the new design is the roofing of the forecourt – an oval, circular slice, which provides a weather protecting ring to the station’s entrance hall. The roof soffit, called “Golden Eye” forms an “exterior hall” related to the existing concourse. The cladding reflects slightly distorted the paving, pedestrians and vehicles and thus creates a film projected on the “canvas of movement”.

+ Project facts

Building Owner: Holding Graz Linien
Architects: Zechner & Zechner ZTGmbH
Traffic Planning: IKK ZTGmbH
Construction: Steel: Zenkner & Handel, Concrete: Schimetta Consult
Landscape building: 3zu0 Landschaftsarchitektur
Planning: 2008-2009, Completion: 07/2010- 11/2012
Construction Cost: 90 Mio €
Material Roof: ALUCOBOND® Spectra Titanium
Fabricator Roof: SFL technologies, Stallhofen
Award: VCÖ-Mobilitätspreis 2011
Pictures: © Thilo Härdtlein

+ All images and drawings courtesy Zechner & Zechner ZTGmbH \ photo © Thilo Härdtlein

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Category: Architecture, Transportation

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