Zaha Hadid Architects with A_Lab wins the competition for new stations of Fornebubanen metro line

stations of Fornebubanen metro line

Zaha Hadid Architects and A_Lab have won the architectural competition to design the Fornbuporten and Fornebu Senter stations, two of the six stations planned for the new Fornebubanen metro line in Oslo, one of Europe’s fastest growing cities.

Oslo’s population has increased to more than a million people living within its urban area defined by forests and mountains to the north, east and west, and by the Oslofjord to the south. The redevelopment of Olso’s decommissioned airport on the Fornebu peninsula will create a community of 6,000 new homes together with civic, cultural and corporate developments.

stations of Fornebubanen metro line
Fornbuporten Station – Image © Zaha Hadid Architects

The new 8km Fornebubanen metro line will run in a sub-surface tunnel connecting Majorstuen interchange station in Oslo’s city centre to Fornebu Senter on the peninsula. The Fornebubanen line will include six new stations: Skøyen, Vækerø, Lysaker, Fornebuporten, Flytårnet and Fornebu Senter from where the journey to Majorstuen in the city will take approximately 12 minutes.

The entrances at either end of the new Fornbuporten station define two distinct civic spaces at street level. To the south, a layered, orthogonal pavilion and public piazza extend the Cartesian geometries of its surrounding urban fabric. To the north, an oval canopy sits within the natural landscape of the community park in which it is located. These contrasting geometries continue below ground to merge along the length of the station’s platforms.

stations of Fornebubanen metro line
Fornbuporten Station – Image © Zaha Hadid Architects

Both entrance pavilions reflect the full spectrum of scattered light that varies with the ever-changing Oslo sky. Atmospheric lighting throughout the station fluctuates in tune with the time of day to enhance passengers’ well-being. Inspired by Norway’s mountainous landscapes and fjords that have been eroded over millennia, the Fornebu Senter station’s design carves canyons and spaces for the flow of people.

Echoing this concept of re-imagined glacial landscapes, public plazas at street level transform fluidly into entrances at either end of the station, becoming meeting places for their new community with a distinct architectural identity. One of Oslo’s largest infrastructure projects, construction of the Fornebubanen is planned to begin in 2020 with completion of the new metro line scheduled for 2025. Source by Zaha Hadid Architects and A_Lab.

stations of Fornebubanen metro line
Fornbuporten Station – Image © Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
  • ZHA Directors: Patrik Schumacher, Gianluca Racana
  • ZHA Project Directors: Ludovico Lombardi, Daniel Fiser
  • ZHA Design Team (Fornabu Senter station):  Davide Del Giudice, Roberto Vangeli, Kate Revyakina, Pauline Gidoin
  • ZHA Design Team (Fornbuporten station): Michael Rogers, Roberto Vangeli, Shahd Abdelmoneim, Marko Gligorov, Sofia Amodio
  • Local Architect: A_Lab
  • A_Lab Director: Geir Haaversen
  • A_Lab Design Team: Christopher James, Laurence Antelme, Jonas Albæk Christensen
  • Lighting Consultant (Fornbuporten station): Jason Bruges Studio
  • Structural Engineering (Fornabu Senter station):  BuroHappold Engineering
  • Year: 2018
  • Images: Render by VA, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

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