Grimshaw Architects LLP Arcadis Architecten Bijlmer ArenA Station

The Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA Station is situated southeast of the city on the line that links Amsterdam with Utrecht. To the west there is a commercial development area punctuated by the newly built Amsterdam Arena, a 50,000 seat football stadium. To the east there is a large residential area with a high proportion of social housing which has become home for large sections of Amsterdam’s immigrant population.

On behalf of the City of Amsterdam, Dutch architect Pi de Bruijn proposed a 70m wide pedestrian boulevard aligned diagonally to the railway tracks to connect the two districts.

Prior to this project, there were four tracks running on a raised earth embankment that split the area in two. The only pedestrian connection was a narrow and dark tunnel within the old suburban station. The design by Grimshaw and Arcadis Architecten adds four extra tracks to the station. Because the station had to remain open for the entire duration of construction a viaduct carrying an extra pair of tracks was constructed first and trains from an existing pair of tracks were then rerouted onto it, liberating the latter area as a construction site.

This area of embankment was then excavated against temporary sheet piling installed to retain the adjacent “live” one. The process was repeated until there were eight new tracks running at the raised level. The roof enclosure followed sequentially.To avoid a dark 100m long tunnel, the concrete structures were spaced apart. Each 20m span was supported at each end on just one column via an integrated cantilevered saddle. Arrays of columns were then aligned on axis with the boulevard to maximise visual connectivity from east to west. However, the most important decision concerned the roof design in general and its soffit treatment in particular. It is the modulation of this surface, its ribbons of roof glazing and its acoustically absorbent Oregon pine surfaces that convey civility from the perspective of the boulevard and the platforms below. Total area: 6,500 square meters
Completed: 2007

Client: City of Amsterdam
Architects: Grimshaw Architects LLP
Partner in Charge: Neven Sidor
Project Team:
Simon Moore
Ingrid Bille
Florian Eckhardt
Nick Grimshaw
Ben Heath
Ewan Jones
John Ridgett
Carl Shenton
Tim Schoenburg
Shoaib Rawat
Benny O'Looney
Giles Omezi

Architects: Arcadis Architecten
Project Manager: Jan Schouten
Project Architect: Jan Van Belkum
Project Team:
Luc Veeger
Harry Beertsen
Hans Van Weelden
Onur Buldac
Michael Van Der Kaaij
Arthur De Groot
Jos Delhez,
Christiaan Schmid

Services Engineer: Arcadis
Structural Engineer: Arcadis
Rail Engineer: Arcadis
Quantity Surveyor: Arcadis

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