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Arnhem Central Masterplan

Transfer Hall, 1996-2015

The openness of the interior provides clear sight lines. Therefore comparatively little wayfinding signage was needed for the transfer hall.

Platform Tunnel

Daylight from the platforms becomes a wayfinding device in the passenger tunnel.

Platform Roofs, 2006-2012

A new fourth platform was added to accommodate growing passenger numbers in Arnhem. Additionally, all of the platform roofs have been replaced.

Bus Terminal, 1997-2002

The new identity of the station area acknowledges Arnhem’s regional significance. With its incorporated terminals for regional and local buses, the station area forms the main entrance to the city.

Car Park, 1997-2002

The car park is a column-free structure with integrated colour-coded wayfinding and deep V-walled stairwells that bring daylight to the underground.

In compact, mixed-use complexes like Arnhem Central, it is essential that transitory spaces are as equally considered as spaces dedicated to longer stay programmes.

Park and Rijn Towers, 2000-2005

Visibly recognizable on the horizon the Park and Rijn office towers mark Arnhem’s transportation hub and assimilate several public functions of the transfer hall at ground level.

Willems Tunnel, 1997-1999

The Willems Tunnel directs cars and buses either into Arnhem Central’s parking garage or towards the edge of the city centre.

Revolving around the twist

The twist “unifies the whole confluence of different modes of transportation coming together into an exhilarating celebration of movement, shot through with light.”

Aaron Betsky, ARCHITECT Magazine Online, 2016


The train station as a lively transfer hub

After intensively researching passenger flows and multiple transportation modes, we proposed that the new terminal should expand to become a ‘transfer machine’ that incorporates the whole spectrum of public transport and meets the travel demands of the 21st century. Serving as the heart of the project, the transfer hall - a space without columns – forms an architectural expression designed to ensure that people can intuitively use the space. The station works on both international, national and regional levels, allowing passengers to move between cities intuitively and with ease. Read about our ongoing explorations of this theme in the Mobility+ workfield.

Concept and Design

  • Traffic Modalities

  • Conceptual Tools
    Klein Bottle
    The Twist

Conceptual tools

We developed a series of conceptual structural tools to mould the geometry of the terminal landscape and incorporate the different programme functions.