Rabat Agdal Train Station

Rabat, Morocco

Architecture, Urbanism, Mobility

Size: 176,600 m2
Status: Design
Project Design: 2013
Address: Avenue Mohamed Triki, Rabat, Morocco
Client: Office National des Chemins de Fer du Maroc (ONCF)

Programme: Programme Mixed use development of 176,600 m2 in an area of 14 ha, including high-speed train station (22,000 m2), shopping centre (61,500 m2), hotels (11,800 m2), business centre (36,400 m2), residential units (42,400 m2) and sports facilities (2,500 m2).

Positioned at the intersection of a series of important routes, the new Rabat Agdal train station will become the "gateway" of Rabat, creating a central icon that symbolizes the dynamic transformation of the city. By creating an elevated passageway that connects multiple access points, the project acts as a hinge, allowing residents and visitors to cross from one part of the city to another. 

The structure hangs over the train tracks in a unique network of "braided buildings", combining space for transport, recreation, culture and work. The passenger hall is located on the main axis of movement through the station, creating a strategic crossing point and an inviting meeting place.

This central branch is the starting point for connecting and gradually developing the other programmatic axes, adding layers and levels within the structure’s volume. By concentrating the area for travellers, public programme and pedestrian connections in the elevated canopy, the ground level can be used to improve the existing public space, creating a new landscaped public sphere with sports fields, markets, public places and gardens. The strength of the project lies in its overlapping and complementary activities.

The integration of transport with the development of commercial, cultural and community life creates a new fabric, a city within a city. Rabat Agdal train station acts as the capital’s new urban hub, symbolizing the evolution of the city from a historic centre into a multimodal metropolis.

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