Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled the final design for Västerås Travel Center, a transport infrastructure hub bringing together multiple travel modes within one cohesive architectural object. The project’s defining feature is a light, undulating roofscape unfolding across the various complex elements of the program that make up the urban node, creating a new landmark for one of Sweden’s largest cities.
BIG’s proposal for Västerås Travel Center unites a series of transport-related programs and activities under one clear identity. The project expanding across the railway tracks comprises a bus terminal, travel services, a bicycle garage, outdoor bicycle parking, taxi zones, as well as commercial areas, restaurants, offices, event areas and exhibition spaces. The project is conceived to incorporate the fast flow of the travellers, as well a the slow flow of the visitors, providing accessibility for everyone.
The raised corners of the structure mark the most important entries. A zigzag line of load-bearing elements cuts across the roof, connecting the columns lining the perimeter, freeing the indoor landscape of constructive elements. The same line slices openings in the roof’s surface, providing light and natural ventilation. The building’s glazed and curved facades create a light and open space, blurring the boundary between and interior and exterior, while biophilic design brings the landscape within the centre. A series of terraces around the project connects the design to Vasaparken and Hamnparken, extending the city’s public realm and providing the citizens with new look-out points, meeting places, skating edges and seating areas. In addition, the new infrastructure will allow residents to cross the railway tracks via separate pedestrian and bicycle passages.
The project’s roof will feature an integrated solar system, potentially providing for almost 70% of the building’s energy demand. In addition, the design will incorporate floor heating and cooling and rainwater recycling. The project results from a long development process, taking into account numerous possible solutions regarding the program, the sustainability features and security aspects. The construction is set to begin in 2022, and the project is expected to be finalized in 2025.
- Size: 16.963 sqm
- Client: Västerås municipality
- Collaborators: Tyrens (Structure, geotechnics), Kragh & Berglund (Landscape), Rambøll (Projekteringsledelse), Rambøll (sustainability coordination), Sweco Architects AB (local architect), VAP (Trafficplanner), Afry (El.), Brandprojektering AB (Fire), Kadesjös (Ventilation), PQ Projektledning AB (cable management coordination), Structor Riskbyrån AB (risk management), WSP (cost estimation)
- Partner-in-Charge: Bjarke Ingels, David Zahle
- Project Manager: Kamilla Heskje
- Design lead: Marie Lancon
- Team: Aileen Koh, Allen Dennis Shakir, Anders Bruntse, Anders Holden Deleuran, Dalma Ujvari,Federica Fogazzi,Geetika Bhutani, Ida Linnea Elvira Maria Lujak, , Laura Wätte, Marius Tromholt-Richter, Yunus Alperen Basak
- BIG Engineering: Indoom climate; Jesper Kanstrup Petersen (BIG E) , Natasha Lykke Lademann Østergaard (BIG E)
- Competition and Previous phases:
- Project Leader: Kamilla Heskje
- Team: Oscar Abrahamsson, Nicolas Millot, Camila Luise de Andrade Stadler, Gwendoline Eveillard, Franck Fdida, Giedrius Mamavicius, Andre Enrico Cassettari Zanolla, Camila Luise de Andrade Stadler,Cristian Teodor Fratila,Geoffrey Eberle, Ioana Fartadi Scurtu,Ipek Akin,Johan Bergström,Laurine Louisette Marie Alard,Luca Pileri,Magnus Garvoll,Malgorzata Mutkowska, Margarida Jéronimo,Martino Hutz,Megan Fiona Cumming,Ola Sobczyk,Ovidiu Munteanu,Peter Mortensen, Rasam Aminzadeh,Rihards Dzelme,Shin Saeki,Sofia Fors Adolfsson, Tyrone James Cobcroft,Yu Xun Zhang