The new station of Delft will open in 2015. It’s a station like no other in the Netherlands, featuring many details that connect the building to the unique character of Delft, blending the city’s history with its focus on innovation.
In a new short film, Francine Houben takes the opportunity to show more of the project and explain the ideas behind the design. “When you arrive at the station, you really experience arriving in Delft,” she says. For instance, the columns and walls are cladded in a reinterpretation of Delft blue, a hand crafted pattern of broken tiles in four shades ranging from dark blue to white.
One of the most eye-catching features is the large vaulted ceiling which shows a map of Delft as it was in 1877. Created together with Geerdes Ontwerpen, the map has been printed on 1929 straight and bended lamellae. Therefore, the visitors’ perception of the image changes continuously as they move through the building, creating a stunning welcoming experience.
The opening of the train station will be a major milestone in the extensive renewal of a central area of Delft, putting the existing railway tracks underground to make room for a the Municipal Offices and Train Station by Mecanoo, and other new commercial and residential developments.