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Railway Station Buildings

Major Rail Architecture + Transportation Projects from around the world

post updated 21 Feb 2020

Railway Buildings

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Railway Station Buildings.

We cover completed buildings, new building designs and architecture competitions across the world. The focus is on contemporary Railway Station buildings but information on traditional railway stations is also welcome.

We have 3 pages of Railway Station Architecture selections.

Railway Stations : news + key projects (this page)

Railway Station Buildings : A-K

Railway Station Architecture : L-Z

Railway Station Building News

Railway Buildings – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

Reading Station Redevelopment, Berkshire, England
Design: Grimshaw
Reading Station Building
photo : Rick Roxburgh
Reading Station Building – 16 Apr 2013
The second phase of the Grimshaw designed Reading station redevelopment opened to passengers last week. Five new platform faces and a new transfer bridge were unveiled on Tuesday 2nd April, making interchange at the station simpler, quicker and easier.

Triangeln Train Station, Malmo, Sweden
Design: Sweco Architects AB + KHR Arkitekter
Triangeln Station Building
photo : Felix Gerlach
Triangeln Train Station Building – 10 Apr 2013
This new building has given Malmö a unique new regional and commuter train station in the heart of the city. The number of travellers per day has been estimated to 37,000, making it Sweden’s third busiest railway station.

Gare Saint-Lazare Train Station Building, Paris, France
Design: AREP Architects
Paris Saint-Lazare French Train Station building
photo : SNCF – AREP / M. Vigneau
Gare Saint-Lazare – 23 Jul 2012

Hamburg-Barmbek Railway Station, Germany
ap plan mory osterwalder vielmo gmbh
Hamburg Station Building
photo © ap plan gmbh
Hamburg-Barmbek Station – 3 Apr 2012
The railway station in Hamburg-Barmbek is one of the city’s most important traffic hubs with 60,000 passengers passing through on every working day. A new bus terminal is being built there at the moment. The engineers at formTL gmbh in Radolfzell were responsible for designing the V-shaped illuminated canopy for the bus platform.

Hangzhou South Railway Station, China
von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects (gmp)
Hangzhou South Railway Station Building
image © gmp Architects
Hangzhou South Railway Station – 21 Mar
Following their success in winning first prize in an international competition, the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have been commissioned to design the new southern railway station in Hangzhou. The project involves the conversion and extension of the station in the Xiao Shan district to the south of the Qiantang river; after the eastern and main railway stations it will be the third largest railway station of this metropolis.

King’s Cross Concourse, London, UK
John McAslan + Partners
Kings Cross Concourse
photograph : Hufton + Crow
King’s Cross Concourse – 14 Mar
“The transformation of King’s Cross station by John McAslan + Partners (JMP) represents a compelling piece of place-making for London. The show-piece is clearly the Western Concourse – Europe’s largest single span station structure and the heart of the development, but the overall project is far more complex: an extraordinary, collaborative effort that has delivered an internationally significant transport interchange, fit for the 21st century and beyond.”

Tianjin West Railway Station, China
von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects (gmp)
Tianjin West Railway Station
photo © Christian Gahl
Tianjin West Railway Station
The architects have highlighted the bridge function between the city quarters with a 57 meter high and nearly 400 meter long barrel vault roof above the terminal concourse. Its curved roof is reminiscent of a large scale city gate and the long, stretched out concourse beneath of a classic place of transit. The portals of the eastern and western sides of the curved hall are symmetrically framed by arcades. To the south of the building a large and open station forecourt covers a wide area which gives credence to the importance and dimension of this railway station.

Liege-Guillemins Railway Station, Belgium
Santiago Calatrava Architect
Liege-Guillemins TGV Railway Station
photo : www.palladium.de, B.Burg / O. Schuh
Belgian TGV Railway Station
The city of Liège is now a major node in the European high-speed rail network. When the city’s existing railway station building had to be replaced, as unsuitable for the demands of high-speed rail travel, Euro Liège TGV issued a request for proposals from European architects.

Nunawading Railway Station, Melbourne, Australia
Nunawading Railway Station
photo from architects
Nunawading Railway Station
Integration of architectural elements such as the concourse canopies with associated ETFE pillows provide extensive weather protection to commuters whilst allowing natural daylight to filter through onto both the concourse level and underpass level below. The structure also allows an open and spacious environment with a single line of column supports freeing up visual and physical obstructions on the concourse level.

Major Railway Station Buildings

Key Railway Station Building Projects, alphabetical:

Beijing South Railway Station, China
Beijing Railway Station
picture © Arup / Zhou Ruogu Architecture Photo.
Beijing Railway Station

Berlin Hauptbahnhof station, Germany
Gerkan, Marg & Partners
Berlin Hauptbahnhof
photograph © Adrian Welch
Berlin Hauptbahnhof redevelopment

Bijlmer Station, Amsterdam, Holland
Grimshaw / Arcadis Architecten
Bijlmer Station
photo © Ger Van Der Vlugt
Bijlmer Station Extension

Dresden Station redevelopment, Germany
Foster + Partners
Dresden Railway Station
photograph © Nigel Young
Dresden Railway Station

Florence TAV, Italy
Foster + Partners
Florence Railway Station
image : Foster + Partners
Florence Railway Station Building

Grand Central, New York, USA
Reed and Stem; Warren and Wetmore
Grand Central Station
photo © Tim Collins
Grand Central Station Building

Jubliee Line Buildings, London, UK
Design: various architects
Jubliee Line Station
picture © Adrian Welch
Jubliee Line Station Buildings

New Street Gateway, Birmingham, England
Design: Foreign Office Architects
Birmingham New Street
image from architect
Birmingham New Street

Nordpark Cable Railway Buildings, Austria
Zaha Hadid Architects
Nordpark Cable Railway
photo : Helene Binet
Nordpark Cable Railway, Innsbruck

St Pancras, London, UK
William Henry Barlow
St Pancras Station
photo © Isabelle Lomholt
St Pancras Station : Victorian architecture

Southern Cross, Melbourne, Australia
Southern Cross Station
building photo from Grimshaw Architects
Australian Station building

Waterloo Building, London, UK
Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners
Waterloo Station Building
picture © AW
Waterloo Station : Hi-Tech architecture

More Railway Station Buildings online soon

Underground Station Developments
Canary Wharf Station
photo © Adrian Welch

Copenhagen Railway Station

Zurich Railway Station

Lime Street Station Design

Buildings / photos for the Contemporary Railway Station Architecture page welcome