Foster set to speed into Saudi
This new high-speed railway station at Jeddah is one of four station designs revealed by Foster & Partners' for the Haramain high-speed railway (HHR) in Saudi Arabia.
The practice, working with local architect Dar Al Riyadh and engineering firm Buro Happold, developed a modular- build design for the stations, which will consist of a sequence of 25m-high arches rising from the concourse, complemented by 9m-high arches at platform level.
Islamic architecture influenced the arched roof design, supported by freestanding structural trees, and each station can be extended in future if required.
Foster's chief executive Mouzhan Majidi said: "The HHR project is remarkable, especially when you consider the fast-track programme – we are aiming to complete four major new stations in almost four years."
Each station is oriented according to the path of the sun, turning from Madinah station, which faces east, to north-facing Makkah station.
Work is to start imminently and is scheduled for completion by May 2013.
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