Tianjin has the dual distinction of being the 4th largest city in China as well as the port city of the capitol Beijing. Within the next two years a new highspeed intercity railway will connect Tianjin to Beijing reducing the commute from 2.5 to 1 hour. This is a critical link for this burgeoning satellite city.
In January 2006, de Architekten Cie. was invited by DHV to particapate in a competion for a comprehensive masterplan and architectural of the Tianjin central station.
This project includes the complete design of the underground infrastructure, 4 landscape squares, the intercity railway station, the metro/long distance bus station, local bus station, old train station renovation, baggage building renovation, and a new parking building.
In March 2006, the city of Tianjin selected two winning schemes, one of which was that of de Architekten Cie.
1 – 19.300 m2 intercity train station
2 – 35.750 m2 metro + long distance bus station
3 – 34.550 m2 parking building
4 – local bus station
5 – 28.000 m2 renovation of the old station
6 – renovation of the baggage building
7 – 59.000 m2 South square
8 – 80.900 m2 North square
9 – 45.900 m2 subsidiary square
10 – 35.300 m2 century bell square