AZPML

Birmingham New Street Station

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Birmingham New Street Station

AZPMLarchmarathonAZPML
55 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3PT, UK
www.azpml.com
Category:
Transport
Project selected:
Birmingham New Street Station
Location:
Birmingham, UK
Year:
2015

Birmingham New Street Station is an important transport hub and a key aspect of the city’s public realm. Occupying an important position in the city and handling a large amount of traffic, it provides the first impression of Birmingham to a large influx of visitors to the Midlands. Our proposal for the station seeks to produce iconic architecture that, beyond creating an impression, is able to communicate the function of the building to the public. To achieve this, the station is designed to give expression to the dynamic nature of the railway.
The rail engine, the bifurcating patterns of the rails, or the distortion of perception produced by movement have been the inspiration for the architectural expression of the project. The undulating, smooth forms of the track field have been transferred and embedded into the geometry of the building to embellish the city and to convey its historical character as a transportation hub where various traffic systems such as the famous canals, the roman roads, etc, converge and overlay. Our design aims to trigger a new perception of the urban settings around the station.
The station cladding will be a stainless steel skin which conceals the future plant areas on the roof and wraps around the existing car park.
As the cladding cannot be related to the interior of the building for practical reasons, the design of the facade is related to the exterior space, making the building an instrument to intensify the perception of urban life in Birmingham’s inner city. By turning the external rain screen into a warping, reflective stainless steel surface, Birmingham New Street Station will produce a controlled refl ection of the surrounding urban field – the once dark, now bright, Birmingham sky, the crowds of passengers, the trains entering and exiting the station, the hues of sunset and sunrise and other dynamic regimes present at the site.
To highlight the four main access points, large eye-shaped media screens to broadcast railway information, news and commercials have been integrated in the facade. The field of reflections which constitutes the external envelope of the building, and produces a consistent identity, diff erentiates depending on the opportunities on each side of the building.

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AZPML

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AZPML (Alejandro Zaera-Polo Maider Llaguno Architecture) is an international practice, based in London and New York.
AZPML was born in 2011 as a legacy practice of FOA. AZPML has a commitment to innovation in architecture and urban design, combining technical innovation with design excellence.
AZPML aims to integrate as many stakeholders as possible in the initial stages of the design process, and setting effective feedback during the project. This strategy creates a high degree of support for the project and helps to encourage new insights leading to innovative solutions. To sustain the level of diversity of commissions undertaken, we organise the practice in project-specifi c design teams. We believe that the best value and quality emerge from an intense involvement with the stakeholders of the project, clients, end-users, advisors and contractors.
We proceed through a ruthless analysis of constraints and specifi cities as the primary drivers of each project. Performing with rigor and precision, exploring the possibilities of contemporary architectural technologies, and embracing accountability constitute the core of our operative ethos.
A wide range of supporting skills underpins the work of the practice, including model-making, materials research, specialist computer modelling and visualisation, as well as inhouse communications, photographic and printing systems.
We deliberately maintain a diverse population in the offi ce and subscribe to the Equal Opportunities Act. Our staff is young, energetic, committed, multilingual and multicultural.
This diversity and energy supports the broad vision and eff ectiveness that we curate as our trademark.

Main projects:
– Municipal Theatre and Auditorium, Torrevieja, Spain – 2006-2001
– Spanish Pavilion at EXPO 2005, Aichi, Japan – 2005-2004
– Dulnyouk Publishers, Paju Book City, South Korea – 2005-2000
– Municipal Police Headquarters, La Villajoyosa, Spain – 2004-2001
– South-East Costal Park and Auditoriums, Barcelona, Spain – 2004-2001
– Demonstration Unit, Hutchison 3G UK Limited, UK – 2002-2001
– Yokohama International Port Terminal, Yokohama, Japan – 2002-1996
– Blue Moon Festival, Groningen, The Netherlands – 2001-2000
– Pimlico Loft, London, UK – 1999-1998
– Belgo Restaurant, Bristol, UK – 1999-1998
– Belgo Restaurant, New York, USA – 1999-1998
– Belgo Zuid Restaurant, Ladbroke Grove, London, UK – 1999-1998

Work in progress:
– Birmingham New Street Station, Birmingham, UK
– Haynes House, Castellar de la Frontera, Cadiz
– John Lewis Shopping Centre, Birmingham, UK
– Cerezales Foundation, Leon, Spain
– Palazzo del cinema de Locarno, Locarno, Switzerland

Project selected for Archmarathon: Birmingham New Street Station