The new look of the high-speed railway station in Logroño, Spain, conceived by Abalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos, seeks to reunite the railway typology with the city and its territory, acting as a unifying force between public spaces, housing and city infrastructure. The new station will, according to the wider redevelopment program, re-establish the connectivity between the North and South of the city and become an important element in providing urban continuity.
Arguing that the infrastructural checkpoints such as railway stations, although designed to connect and integrate, often present an interruption in urban flow, architects at Abalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos set to create a space that would establish a strong relationship between the underground and the ground level. Their aim was to form “a new topography that will intensify the experience of the city as a collective process.”
Wrapped in faceted aluminium, the underground platforms of Logroño railway station are bathed in natural light reflected inwards through a system of mirrors. The irregular tetrahedral configuration of the ceilings supports the existing structure, making it partly visible through small perforations – passengers are able to see the columns and joists contained behind the aluminium surfaces.