Mindblowing features that you should know about Västerås Travel Centre, Sweden.
Västerås Travel Centre is a transport hub designed and planned for the Swedish City Västerås, west to the city of Stockholm. This transport infrastructure brings together multiple modes of transportation under one cohesive roof of architecture.
The architectural firm BIG ( Bjarke Ingels Group ) has finally unveiled the design concept for the hub and the construction work is expected to commence by 2022 which is said to be completed by 2025.
Apart from the different transportation terminals, the travel centre has been designed with an intention to also include various other provisional options like a bicycle garage, travel services, commercial areas, restaurants, offices, event areas, and exhibition spaces if to name a few.
Thus the concept aims to build a social infrastructure molded for the people and public life.
The outlook of the building will be similar to a sheet attached to a line at multiple points. Breaking sections and continuous chain of zigzag roof structure eliminates the need for interior pillars thereby facilitating unobstructed movement for people. The travel centre further aims to connect both the city and harbor sides thereby maximizing the accessibility to the hub. The flowing roof of the Västerås Travel Center extends beyond the edge and covers an area spanning 17,000 square metres.
The curved glazed facade of the travel center brilliantly escalate the connection between indoors and outdoors
BIG’s proposal for Västerås Travel Center is conceived to incorporate the fast flow of travelers and the slow flow of visitors thereby bringing the city’s entire social and transportation infrastructure under one roof.
The design concept behind the travel centre also has effectively taken care of the energy efficiency and various other sustainability and security features.
It covers almost 70% of the overall energy requirements by accomodating solar panels on the roof, the design plan has also incorporated floor heating, cooling, and rainwater recycling systems.
This project featuring numerous possible sustainability provisions will be an important transparent mobility hub in the future for Sweden redefining the social and economic strategy of the city.