WAF 2011 Selected – Malmö Central Station

Name: Malmö Central Station
Address:Malmö Centralstation, Malmö; Sweden
Architect:Metro ArkitekterAB through Claes R Janson (head architect), Carl Kylberg (project architect), Josefin Klein,
Alexander Simittchiev, Rikard Jansson, Henrik Troedson and others.
Constructor:Jernhusen AB
Contract by tender:Collaborating contract
Building contractor: NCC
Area:10 000 sqm
Year: 2008 – 2011
Other consultants:Electrisity – Ramböll Malmö V– Ramböll Malmö/ IT Konsult Construction – Danewids Engineers Ground – Tyréns Light – Ramböll Denmark
Photographer:Rafael Palomo (Metro Architects), Martin Spencer

Malmö Central Station has been shortlisted in this year´s world architectural festival,WAF 2011!
Malmö Central Station has always looked to move with the times. Since opening in 1858, the city’s first railway station has been rebuilt, extended and modernised to cater for changing passenger needs over the decades.


The original Terminal Building is in two sections. The smaller Green Hall was a waiting room for third-class passengers in the 1920s. The turquoise tiling has since regained its former lustre and the limestone floor is from Skånska Ignaberga. The Central Hall started out as an open platform building. Its old brick walls and herring-bone tiled floor have been carefully preserved. Beneath the domed roof, 15 shops and restaurants provide an inviting environment for people to meet and eat.


The City Tunnel, opened in December 2010, is an underground rail link connecting Malmö to theÖresund Bridge and Copenhagen. At Malmö Central Station, passengers enter the subterranean station through the Glass Hall, a 130-metre terminal that unites Malmö’s busy city streets with its elegant waterfront. It is used by 40,000 passengers every day.

With its ultra-modern glass and steel structure, the Glass Hall unmistakeably belongs in the 21st century. As such it unfurls the latest chapter in Malmö Central Station’s long history. And builds on a proud tradition of moving with the times.


Metro Arkitekter, has been responsible for the design of all new construction and alterations at Malmö Central Station above ground. The City Tunnel is being constructed to the north of the existing Malmö Central Station. A new arrivals area is being created which is delimited partly by the new”Glass Hall”, and partly by the new car park building to the east. The Glass Hall’s modern design contrasts with the historic building of the Central Station. Modern architecture efficiently caters for the increasing flow of people travelling, while some older parts of the station have been given a different use with a greater focus on service. Over 150 years, Malmö Central Station has been altered, converted and extended. This might therefore be viewed as a series of well defined annual rings. With the Glass Hall and the other additions being made now, yet another annual ring is being added.


Supporting the glass facade is a wire lattice never before used in Sweden. Designed for maximum
lightness, the wires create tension to protect the glass structure from gusting winds. Suspended from the ceiling are sheets of perforated steel for sound proofing and ambient lighting. Along with the tinted glass, these design details create a calm atmosphere– despite the natural hardness of the materials used.


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