Olaya Metro Station by Gerber Architekten

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Olaya Metro Station

The impressive project of Olaya Metro Station shaped by Gerber Architekten won the competition back in 2012. The excavation work on the station has already begun, the station is located in Saudi Arabia.

In order to improve the quality of life, a new metro system for the Saudi Arabian capital will be developped. Gerber Architekten won the competition for the Olaya Metro Station in 2012. The design of the station reinterprets the Arabian desert landscape, recalls a minimalist dune and thus establishes a dialogue between tradition and future. This new oasis becomes a communicative meeting place in the city. The sculptural form creates a park which gradually rises upwards in gentle waves to become the roof of the Olaya Station. This dune park will answer the pressing need for more green urban space in Riyadh. The main planning approaches are – beyond addressing the technical and functional complexity of an underground-station – to link the two crossing underground lines and combine them with a shopping mall. A further significant design objective is to ensure ease of access and orientation inside the building, which goes down to 30 metres below the ground, and to make the movement of people and trains inside the station clearly visible. The trains arrive through futuristic glass tubes and use the very latest in technology, developed and manufactured by Siemens. The completion of the Olaya Metro Station is being coordinated with the overall network and final completion date is scheduled for end of 2018. – from Gerber Architekten

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