High-speed rail station and transit hub
Status: ongoing, competition winner / Location: Kenitra, Morocco / Client: ONCF / Team: Silvio d'Ascia Architecture in assoc. with OKA / Scope: full design services / Dates: 2012-ongoing / Surface: 10000m² / Cost: 30M€
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The project for the new high-speed station and transit hub in Kenitra, Morocco is one of several new rail stations for a high-speed line currently under development by the ONCF state railway organization.
Conceived as a metal latticework and part building, part pedestrian causeway, its presence seeks to anchor a new urban district for the city, as it will link several Eastern and Western neighborhoods currently divided by railway lines.
In this way, the transit hub becomes a unifying element and a way for residents and passengers to easily circulate from the station to adjacent districts. In close proximity lie the historical city center of Kenitra as well as the university district. The station building has a significant presence upon the cityscape due, in part, to its undulating façade openings and its geometrical cut-outs. Forming an L-shape over the rail tracks, the structure incorporates two main levels for passenger and public services, in addition to a variety of back-of-house and mechanical zones.
Deriving certain formal inspirations from the local context, the building utilizes passive design strategies to naturally ventilate a large part of its interior.
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