Gallery: Saudi's Haramain high-speed railway stations
British firm Foster + Partners has completed four major stations in Saudi Arabian cities of Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) that have been connected by the 450-kilometre Haramain high-speed rail line.
Saudi Arabian cities of Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) have been linked by the four stations. The stations are designed to serve up to 20,000 passengers per hour at their peak. The stations are designed to accommodate the growing passenger demand, from an initially anticipated 60 million to 135 million passengers per year. The stations are built using a modular approach, with design elements that are common to all stations along the route. The vaults in each station are of a different colour, responding to the identity of the different cities. The vaulted roof and walls contain small openings that draw beams of daylight down to the concourse level, carefully controlling the intense glare from the sun and creating a calm, atmospheric and well-lit environment. The station buildings are designed based on principles of felt temperature reduction – from outside the station to the platform.
Designed by Foster + Partners – as well as the developments surrounding the stations.
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