Cordoba Train Station
The goal of this project was to create a new transportation hub in Córdoba, Argentina by designing a new train station to be accompanied by a parking garage and hotel massing. I employed a recurring motif of smooth curves throughout the interior and exterior of the train station and its complex. The roof of the station consists of one large curving structure and two lower roof surfaces that run from the sides of the parking garage out onto the sides of the train station. One provides shading on the exterior balcony on the east side, while the other covers the main entrance and the drop-off entrance on the west side. These continuous surfaces physically link the parking garage and the train station, while the shape of these curves is sustained in the form of pathways leading from the station to the hotel. This curving shape continues further, ultimately forming the massing of the hotel, and thereby unifying all three buildings into one cohesive complex. The roof of each building in elevation is shaped to extend this theme of unity, forming another continuous curve as if they were once one large surface split into three segments.
The main roof covers the large public waiting area located above the train platforms. Large voids in the floor plate allow visual access down to the platforms below. Three curving ramps lead down to the platforms through the voids, creating a unique experience for the passengers as they move through and under the voids in the floor plate. A number of stairs and elevators are also scattered throughout the waiting area for those looking for a faster means of travel.