Arnhem Central

Stationsplein Arnhem

Arnhems Central Station is a dynamic hub for trains, trolleys, cars, pedestrians and bike riders. UNStudio was responsible for the buildings and the master plan. Bureau B+B designed the public space: An urban landscape for encounter and interaction.

Urban Landscape
The station area is situated on the transition from the higher grounds of the Veluwe to the lower landscape of the Rijn river. This height difference is the starting point for the design. The station square flows seamlessly in to the station building. The natural stone pavement follows the undulating ground surface. Bigger height differences are bridged by ‘folds’ in the pavement, with wooden seats on them. The planting also reflects the natural landscape of the Veluwe and the Rijn: Shade plants on the lower east side and plants that thrive in the sun in the higher and dryer areas. Impressive plane trees serve as land marks, transparent gleditsias mark the meeting points.

Place to be
UNStudio’s design is based on movement. Travelers are led in the right direction by the shape of the building. Bureau B+B added reposing quality to this dynamic place. The benches and the planting make the station area more than a place to rush through to catch your train. It is a place to linger. To a designer, it is a great compliment when your design is intensely used. That is why Bureau B+B enjoys the fact that Arnhems new station is very popular among skateboarders.

Details
The natural stone pavement follows the undulating surface in different angles. Tailor made paving stones create smooth connections. Scattered on the floor are steel numbers, marking the height difference. The benches emerge from the surface like waves, or sand dunes. The lighting concept was created in cooperation with Atelier Lek. Lines of light and illuminated banisters lead the way. High lampposts create a safe overview, while smaller fixtures give ambient lighting to the sitting areas. Ground spots high light the monumental trees.

Foto’s: Frans Hanswijk en Ben ter Mull

  • Location: Stationsplein, Arnhem, Netherlands
  • Constructed: 2016
  • Client: City of Arnhem
  • Cost: € 5.900.000,-
  • Area: 4,5ha
  • Partners: UNStudio & Atelier LEK
Arnhem Centraal

The station area is situated on the transition from the higher grounds of the Veluwe to the lower landscape of the Rijn river.

Stationsplein Arnhem

The station square flows seamlessly in to the station building.

Arnhem Centraal

Station Arnhem

Bigger height differences are bridged by ‘folds’ in the pavement.

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Arnhem Centraal

bus terminal

The benches emerge from the surface like waves, or sand dunes.

plattegrond Arnhem Station

Arnhem Centraal

Bureau B+B enjoys the fact that Arnhems new station is very popular among skateboarders.

Arnhem Centraal

Arnhem Centraal

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Scattered on the floor are steel numbers, marking the height difference.

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Tailor made paving stones create smooth connections.

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Arnhem Centraal

Arnhem Centraal

Stationsplein Arnhem