Bijlmer ArenA Station
Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA Station is situated on the southeast of the city along the main line to Utrecht next to the newly built 60,000 seat Amsterdam Arena. It creates a new 70m wide pedestrian connection between two urban quarters that were previously separated by a railway embankment. It also constitutes a modern transport hub for National trains, Metro, buses and taxis.The existing station had to remain open throughout construction and six existing tracks bearing on an earth embankment were incrementally replaced by eight new ones 2 metres higher. These run on a new concrete viaduct and the entire design was driven by the need to create a safe and pleasant public space below. Tracks and platforms were split into four groups to allow significant daylight penetration, columns were minimised and acoustically absorbent panels applied to the undulating roof soffit. Oregon Pine lines this surface conveying civility to the entire covered space. Trains, sometimes running at 90mph, pass through an environment not unlike a concert hall foyer.
6,500 sq m ticket, retail & auxiliary space, 2 x 340m platforms, 2x 150m platforms for light rail.
Royal Institute of Dutch Architects Building of the Year
Royal Institute of British Architects European Award
Photography by Ger Van Der Vlugt, Mark Humphreys