Fornebu Senter Station by ZHA and A_Lab
Fornebu Senter Station by ZHA and A_Lab

Zaha Hadid Architects sign on to design metro project in Oslo with Norway practice A_Lab

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has signed on to design two stations on the new Fornebubanen metro line in Oslo with Norwegian practice A_Lab – Fornbuporten and Fornebu Senter. 

Accommodating Oslo's increase in population, which has risen to more than a million people living within the city's urban boundaries, the stations are two of six planned for the metro line, which aims to also protect the natural habitats that surround the city and create a community of 6,000 new homes together with civic, cultural and corporate developments. 

The west and east entrances Fornebu Senter Station

The 8km Fornebubanen line will run in a sub-surface tunnel connecting Majorstuen interchange station in Oslo’s city centre to Fornebu Senter on the peninsula. The Fornebubanen line will include six new stations: Skøyen, Vækerø, Lysaker, Fornebuporten, Flytårnet and Fornebu Senter.

"The entrances at either end of the new Fornbuporten station define two distinct civic spaces at street level," said ZHA in a statement.

"To the south, a layered, orthogonal pavilion and public piazza extend the Cartesian geometries of its surrounding urban fabric. To the north, an oval canopy sits within the natural landscape of the community park in which it is located. These contrasting geometries continue below ground to merge along the length of the station’s platforms. Both entrance pavilions reflect the full spectrum of scattered light that varies with the ever-changing Oslo sky. Atmospheric lighting throughout the station fluctuates in tune with the time of day to enhance passengers' well-being."

The north entrance to Fornbuporten Station

Inspired by Norway’s mountainous landscapes and fjords that have been eroded over millennia, the Fornebu Senter station’s design carves canyons and spaces for the flow of people. Echoing this concept of re-imagined glacial landscapes, public plazas at street level transform fluidly into entrances at either end of the station, becoming meeting places for their new community with a distinct architectural identity.

Geir Haaversen, general manager and founder of A_Lab, said: “People have been waiting for the Fornebubanen for a long time. The design of these stations will be crucial for the development of their locations."

One of Oslo’s largest infrastructure projects, construction of the Fornebubanen is planned to begin in 2020 with completion of the new metro line scheduled for 2025.