Aarhus Central Station

The winning proposal paves the way for a new transport hub, providing space for the flow and the feelings that are associated with one of the biggest railway stations in Denmark. It also prepares the station for the electrification of the Danish railway system.
The winning proposal lays out the options for preparing the station for the electrification of the Danish railway system. This electrification will place new demands on the existing buildings in terms of creating the necessary headroom for the future propulsion power construction. It also illustrates the options for adding a new track and improving the flow of people in and around the railway station.
Aarhus Central Station is one of the most highly concentrated transport hubs in Denmark with more than 8 million passengers and 10 million shoppers a year moving through the station to and from the Bruuns Galleri shopping mall. This places huge demands on the development of the future station, where the priority will be changing trains quickly, while allowing the station to tell the story of Aarhus as an open and vibrant city. So the winning proposal shoes how it is possible to open up the concourse on the platform side, creating a view back to the Bruuns Bro bridge and allowing the flow to define both the concourse and the shape of the bridge.

A consistent use of the gate motif provides a clear correlation and a convincing visual opening as an entrance to the city. The concentration on people changing trains quickly also creates a logistic flow. Passengers will easily be able to find their way both through the concourse and from Bruuns Bro to the platforms.
An excerpt from the jury’s report