Malmö Central Station has always looked to move with the times. Since opening in 1858, the city’s first railway station has been rebuilt, extended and modernised to cater for changing passenger needs over the decades.
The original Terminal Building is in two sections. The smaller Green Hall was a waiting room for third-class passengers in the 1920s. The turquoise tiling has since regained its former lustre and the limestone floor is from Skånska Ignaberga.
The Central Hall started out as an open platform building. Its old brick walls and herring-bone tiled floor have been carefully preserved. Beneath the domed roof, 15 shops and restaurants provide an inviting environment for people to meet and eat.
The City Tunnel, opened in December 2010, is an underground rail link connecting Malmö to the Öresund Bridge and Copenhagen. At Malmö Central Station, passengers enter the subterranean station through the Glass Hall, a 130-metre terminal that unites Malmö’s busy city streets with its elegant waterfront. It is used by 40 000 passengers every day.
With its ultra-modern glass and steel structure, the Glass Hall unmistakeably belongs in the 21st century. As such it unfurls the latest chapter in Malmö Central Station’s long history. And builds on a proud tradition of moving with the times.
Metro has been responsible for the design of all new construction and alterations at Malmö Central Station above ground. The City Tunnel is being constructed to the north of the existing Malmö Central Station.
A new arrivals area is being created which is delimited partly by the new ”Glass Hall”, and partly by the new car park building to the east. The Glass Hall’s modern design contrasts with the historic building of the Central Station.
Modern architecture efficiently caters for the increasing flow of people travelling, while some older parts of the station have been given a different use with a greater focus on service. Over 150 years, Malmö Central Station has been altered, converted and extended.
This might therefore be viewed as a series of well defined annual rings. With the Glass Hall and the other additions being made now, yet another annual ring is being added.
New direction in the city
For one and a half centuries, Malmö Central Station formed a northerly limit for city planners. But the redevelopment of Malmö’s old wharves and docksides means the station is about to claim a more central position as the city’s transport hub. The new Glass Hall on the station’s north wing symbolises the city’s fresh direction. It presents a gleaming new front to the north, once the station’s unprepossessing neighbour.
Location: Malmö, Sweden
Architect: Metro Arkitekter
Project Team: Claes R Janson, Carl Kylberg, Josefin Klein, Alexander Simittchiev, Rikard Jansson, Henrik Troedson
Electric: Ramböll Malmö
Construction: Danewids Engineers
Light: Ramböll Denmark
Contractor: Jernhusen AB
Building contractor: NCC
Area: 10,000 m2
Photo: Rafael Palomo (Metro Architects) , Martin Spencer