marge architects

Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Central Station). After 11 years of construction, the station formerly known as the Lehrter Stadtbahnhof in Berlin was reopened in 2006 as the largest and most modern connecting train station in Europe. There are 2 main levels for trains and 3 connection and business levels with shopping mall. Not all of the architect’s original plans could be realized, but the station is delicate, spacious, and full of light. The 321 m long glass hall for rails running east to west is crossed by the 160 m long/40 m wide concourse where rails are running north to south. A sophisticated system of large openings in the ceilings at all levels allows for natural light to reach even the lower tracks. The architecture places an emphasis on the character of the station as a traffic intersection. For the Hamburg-based architects Gerkan, Marg & Partner, the importance of the new Berlin Central Station was based on the fact that it would serve as an interface in Europe and this was the determining factor of their design.