Foster picks up high-speed Spanish station project

UK architecture giant Foster + Partners has won an international competition to design a new high-speed rail station in the city of Ourense in Galicia, north western Spain.

The transport project – a joint venture with engineers GOC and Cabanelas Castelo Architects – will also create a new public park space in the city and open up pedestrian links between the districts on each side of the tracks.

Nigel Dancey, senior partner at Foster + Partners, added: “We are delighted to have been selected for our integrated design, which brings together high-speed rail and bus stations with a major new public space for the city.

“We look forward to working with ADIF and the City of Ourense as the project develops.”

Located over the existing track level, the high-speed AVE train station integrates a bus station and parking area below.

Above ground, the station’s presence is said to be “discreet and transparent”, with glazed facades that allow views through to the mountains beyond.

The concourse is sheltered beneath a sequence of lightweight roof canopies, which rise in a sweeping arc over the station and extend to shade the plaza and entrance to the park.

The park extends from the station plaza and is intersected by pools of water and a formal network of pedestrian walkways which link to the city.