Jiaxing Train Station by MAD Architects

Infrastructure / 1st Quarter 2023

Jiaxing Train Station by MAD Architects

by Y-Jean Mun-Delsalle

March 20, 2023

Competing to outdo one another, China’s train stations tower over its cities like grand palaces, surrounded by large main roads, imposing viaducts and often empty plazas. But instead of pursuing monumental architecture, Beijing-based MAD Architects asks if it is possible for urban train stations to be constructed at a more comfortable, human scale; to be more than a stopover for travellers, but also an open, green public space that both inhabitants and tourists can enjoy and would want to spend time in.

On a 35.4-hectare site in a city of 5.4 million people southwest of Shanghai, MAD Architects rebuilt Jiaxing’s historic early 20th-century train station based on archival studies, replacing an outdated, ageing, noisy, chaotic and undersized facility, whilst simultaneously constructing a new futuristic train station mainly hidden underground—with just one floor above so as not to eclipse the old station building.

It lies beneath a vast green roof resembling rolling green hills, yet is flooded with natural light pouring in through a ground-level glass curtain wall and skylights. Shared between Jiaxing’s citizens and travellers, the ground-floor space is given back to Nature, transforming into a “train station in the forest”.

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Project Name
Jiaxing Train Station

Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, China

Completion Date
Spring 2022

Site Area
354,000 square metres

Gross Floor Area
330,000 square metres

Building Height
New train station: 8 metres; historic train station: 12 metres

Jiaxing Modernservice Industry Development & Investment (Group) Co., Ltd.

Architecture Firm
MAD Architects

Principal Architects
Ma Yansong; Dang Qun; Yosuke Hayano

Main Contractors
China Railway Construction Engineering Group; China Tiesiju Civil Engineering Group; China Construction Eighth Engineering Division Corp. Ltd.

Structural Engineer
LERA Consulting Structural Engineers

AC; Laoyang; CreatAR; Xia Zhi; Aogvision

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