Assen Station, Assen
The new Assen railway station is a distinctive part of the area development that seeks to support the accessibility and growth of the Assen municipality (FlorijnAs programme). The brick, wood and glass ensemble suits the character of the capital of the province of Drenthe and provides a simple, yet spatially grand entrance to the city.
The station is characterised by the triangular station roof that connects the various parts of the programme, and that creates a bridge across the physical barrier of the railways running through the city both literally and figuratively. The wooden canopy forms a generous gesture to arriving and departing travellers. The three corners each mark an entrance to the building.
In cooperation with Jansen, Jonkers Bouwmetaal installed steel window frames and a very special curtain wall at Assen railway station. What makes this curtain wall so special is the fact that it hinges at the top to make up for the horizontal and vertical movements of the wooden roof construction.
The station is covered by a triangular station roof that connects the train platforms, bus stops and the commercial area. The design of the distinctive roof allows daylight to enter the station interior and reach the platforms. In the design by Team A (De Zwarte Hond and Powerhouse Company), parts of the existing platform roofs are reused and integrated under the new station roof. The faint slope of the wooden roof reveals the green roof. This is also visible from above, revealing the green edge.
Photography: Peter de Ruig
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