The new Vialia Vigo TGV Station and public plaza transforms a former local rail station into an invigorated cosmopolitan center. Vialia Vigo integrates infrastructure and civic space, synthesizing a diverse range of public, retail, commercial and transportation programs. Situated on the western coast of Spain, along a new high-speed rail line linking Madrid to Porto, Portugal, the new Vialia Vigo TGV station will serve as a critical transportation hub for the city of Vigo and the region.
Vialia Vigo’s narrow site negotiates a 55ft (17m) drop in elevation, sloping from an elevated residential area, down towards Vigo’s city center to the north. Nestled into the mountainous terrain, the undulating roof-scape of the four-story station serves as a public plaza, whose surface folds downward to reveal a soaring atrium below. Wrapping into the train station and continuing beyond the atrium, the plaza’s surface floats above the tracks. In one broad architectural gesture, this fluid surface establishes formal continuity from plaza to station and unites the project’s disparate program elements.
The scheme stitches together the surrounding context and reinforces the station’s urban connection to the city of Vigo. The plaza serves as both connective tissue and vibrant public space. The central atrium functions as the station’s main lobby—the heart of Vialia Vigo. The public plaza’s prominent position and the atrium’s transparent façade afford sweeping vistas of the sea and city center below. Circulation flows are oriented to facilitate navigation, optimize connectivity, and fill the station’s public spaces with cosmopolitan activity. From a distance, the glowing glass canopy that caps the atrium identifies the plaza at night, and lighting beckons activity within. From the highway, striated lights reveal a dynamic façade that serves as a public communication interface and echoes the motion of the train station beyond. A metal mesh veils the site from the north and provides entry into the station from street level.
The scheme strategically anticipates and integrates future urban projects: the plaza’s eastern edge will connect to a planned 5-kilometer public park, and a planned pedestrian bridge will cross the main thoroughfare to the north to link with the station. The proposal also incorporates potential projects such as a hotel and commercial building in future phases. By integrating with both the existing context and anticipated development, Vialia Vigo establishes a new gateway for the city of Vigo that will stimulate future growth and vibrancy for years to come.
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