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Friday, 23 December 2011

Foster + Partners: Ourense AVE station

'ourense AVE station' by foster + partners, galicia, spain
all images © foster + partners

london-based international practice foster + partners have received the commission for 'ourense AVE station', a high-speed 
train station in galicia, spain. this joint venture with engineers G.O.C. and cabanelas castelo architects will merge transportation infrastructure
and a public park creating pedestrian links between the divided city district. the station will be located above a parking area and
bus station, also traversing the tracks below. extending directly from the station, the green space shall connect the streets 
barrio del puente to barrio veintiuno. a formal network of pathways intersected with pools of water will echo the established
urban grid and existing entities.

a series of arcing lightweight roofs shelter the platforms while linear voids between each unit introduces natural light which 
will reflect downward due to the reflective underside of the canopy. enclosed with transparent and glazed facades, transient visitors 
will have views to the mountains beyond.

approach to the station

'we are delighted to have been selected for our integrated design, which brings together high-speed rail
and bus stations with a major new public space for the city.we look forward to working with adif and the city
of ourense as the project develops.'
 - nigel dancey, senior partner at foster + partners

entrance to station

section perspective

site plan

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