Zaha Hadid Architects and A_Lab have won the architectural competition to design the Fornbuporten and Fornebu Senter stations, two of the six stations planned for the new Fornebubanen metro line in Oslo.

Zaha Hadid Architects with A_Lab build 2 stations on the new Fornebubanen metro line
Fornbuporten Station

ArchitectZaha Hadid Architects
Location: Oslo, Norway
Year: 2018
ZHA Directors: Patrik Schumacher, Gianluca Racana
ZHA Project Directors: Ludovico Lombardi, Daniel Fiser
ZHA Design Team (Fornabu Senter station):  Davide Del Giudice, Roberto Vangeli, Kate Revyakina, Pauline Gidoin
ZHA Design Team (Fornbuporten station): Michael Rogers, Roberto Vangeli, Shahd Abdelmoneim, Marko Gligorov, Sofia Amodio
Render by: VA

Local Architect: A_Lab
A_Lab Director: Geir Haaversen
A_Lab Design Team: Christopher James, Laurence Antelme, Jonas Albæk Christensen
Lighting Consultant (Fornbuporten station): Jason Bruges Studio
Structural Engineering (Fornabu Senter station):  BuroHappold Engineering

From the architect: One of Europe’s fastest growing cities, Oslo’s population has increased to more than a million people living within its urban area defined by forests and mountains to the north, east and west, and by the Oslofjord to the south.

Zaha Hadid Architects with A_Lab build 2 stations on the new Fornebubanen metro line
Fornbuporten Station

Accommodating this growth without impacting the protected natural habitats that surround the city, the redevelopment of Olso’s decommissioned airport on the Fornebu peninsula will create a community of 6,000 new homes together with civic, cultural and corporate developments providing up to 25,000 new jobs.

The new 8km Fornebubanen metro line will run in a sub-surface tunnel connecting Majorstuen interchange station in Oslo’s city centre to Fornebu Senter on the peninsula. The Fornebubanen line will include six new stations: Skøyen, Vækerø, Lysaker, Fornebuporten, Flytårnet and Fornebu Senter from where the journey to Majorstuen in the city will take approximately 12 minutes.

Zaha Hadid Architects with A_Lab build 2 stations on the new Fornebubanen metro line
Fornbuporten Station

The entrances at either end of the new Fornbuporten station define two distinct civic spaces at street level. To the south, a layered, orthogonal pavilion and public piazza extend the Cartesian geometries of its surrounding urban fabric. To the north, an oval canopy sits within the natural landscape of the community park in which it is located. These contrasting geometries continue below ground to merge along the length of the station’s platforms. Both entrance pavilions reflect the full spectrum of scattered light that varies with the ever-changing Oslo sky. Atmospheric lighting throughout the station fluctuates in tune with the time of day to enhance passengers' well-being.

Inspired by Norway’s mountainous landscapes and fjords that have been eroded over millennia, the Fornebu Senter station’s design carves canyons and spaces for the flow of people. Echoing this concept of re-imagined glacial landscapes, public plazas at street level transform fluidly into entrances at either end of the station, becoming meeting places for their new community with a distinct architectural identity.

Zaha Hadid Architects with A_Lab build 2 stations on the new Fornebubanen metro line
Fornbuporten Station

Gianluca Racana, director of Zaha Hadid Architects, said: “It is an honour to be selected by the jury to build two stations in this design competition with many talented architectural practices. The Fornebubanen will be a vital new transport link for the city.”

Geir Haaversen, general manager and founder of A_Lab, said: “People have been waiting for the Fornebubanen for a long time. The design of these stations will be crucial for the development of their locations."

Zaha Hadid Architects with A_Lab build 2 stations on the new Fornebubanen metro line
Fornbuporten Station

The competition jury assessed anonymous proposals from 14 different teams, stating the design of Fornebu Senter station demonstrated a vibrancy and enthusiasm for designing civic space. The jury also cited the Fornbuporten station proposal as expressing an innovative way of working with light.

Ludovico Lombardi and Daniel Fiser, Zaha Hadid Architects' project directors, said: “We look forward to collaborating with A_Lab on this important project. Together we aim to deliver the most accessible stations that will also enhance the public realm”.

One of Oslo’s largest infrastructure projects, construction of the Fornebubanen is planned to begin in 2020 with completion of the new metro line scheduled for 2025.

Zaha Hadid Architects with A_Lab build 2 stations on the new Fornebubanen metro line
Fornbuporten Station

Zaha Hadid Architects with A_Lab build 2 stations on the new Fornebubanen metro line
Fornbuporten Station

Zaha Hadid Architects with A_Lab build 2 stations on the new Fornebubanen metro line
Fornebu Senter Station

Zaha Hadid Architects with A_Lab build 2 stations on the new Fornebubanen metro line
Fornebu Senter Station

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Zaha Hadid Architects with A_Lab build 2 stations on the new Fornebubanen metro line
Fornebu Senter Station

Zaha Hadid Architects with A_Lab build 2 stations on the new Fornebubanen metro line
Fornebu Senter Station

Zaha Hadid Architects with A_Lab build 2 stations on the new Fornebubanen metro line
Fornebu Senter Station

Zaha Hadid Architects with A_Lab build 2 stations on the new Fornebubanen metro line

Zaha Hadid Architects and A_Lab have won the architectural competition to design the Fornbuporten and Fornebu Senter stations...

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