Zaha Hadid Architects and A_Lab to Build Metro in Oslo

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Zaha Hadid Architects and the Norwegian bureau A_Lab won the architectural competition for the design of two of the six stations of the new metro line Forneby ( Fornebubanen ) in Oslo.

An eight-kilometer line will provide accessibility to a large business and residential area that will be formed on the site of the closed airport. Forneby residents and local office staff can get to work or return to central Oslo in just 12 minutes.

The fourth station “Fornebuporten” (“Forneby Gate”) will have two exits. The southern pavilion will be located among the buildings of the multifunctional complex of the same name arranged along a geometric grid and will be designed as a multi-layer rectangular volume with a city square. The northern one will take place in the park, and an oval shape with a characteristic canopy was chosen for it.

This geometric game will continue in the design of the underground part of the station. Rectangular or rounded “cassettes” of vaults will receive dynamic lighting, simulating the Oslo sky and changing depending on the season, time of day and weather conditions. The architects are confident that such a solution can improve the comfort and well-being of passengers.

The decision of the Fornebu Senter terminal station, which will be located in the heart of the new district, prompted the architects to the glacial landscape of Norway and the famous fjords. As nature for millennia “corroded” the coast, forming unique lines, so they tried to create streamlined spaces with their own depressions and ledges, but only for streams of people. As part of this concept, both exits will receive spacious public areas, conceived as meeting places for local residents.

Construction of a new metro line necessary for the city is planned to begin in 2020 and be completed in 2025.

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