4/02/2012

West Kowloon Terminus; Hong Kong


The future West Kowloon Terminus in Hong Kong won the MIPIM award for Best Futura Mega Project in 2012.  Designed by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas, the high-speed rail terminus station will connect Hong Kong to Beijing with the largest rail network in history as it completes construction in 2015.  Located in the urban center of Hong Kong, the 430,000 square meter facility, equipped with 15 tracks, will be the largest underground terminus station in the world.


The WKT will function more like an international airport than a rail station as the facility will have both custom and immigration controls for departing and arriving passengers.


As a "gateway" to Hong Kong, The Terminus was designed to be an architecture that connects with its surrounding urban context as much as it makes visitors aware of the city's character whether arriving or departing.  To achieve this, the design efficiently compacted all of the supporting space to allow for a large void down into the departure hall below, with added apertures going down to the track platforms.  The outside ground plane bends down to the hall and the roof structure above gestures toward the harbor.  The result is a 45 meter high volume which focuses all attention to the south facade with views of the Hong Kong Central skyline, Victoria Peak and beyond.