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Futuristic Dutch Train Station Dazzles With Column-Free Curves

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Despite taking two decades to complete, the new Arnhem Train Station in the Netherlands looks as forward-thinking as any transportation development concocted this year. The €37.5 million ($39.2 million) warren of curves and tunnels, conceived of by UNStudios as an open, airy gateway into the city, includes both the curving forms of the main terminal as well as a series of connections to nearby commercial space. The twisting forms that function as columns were built using steel as a structural support instead of concrete, and assembled in a manner more reminiscent of boats than buildings. Part of a larger, country-wide railway upgrade, it may end up being an inspiration to other transport hubs.

"Arnhem Central is no longer just a train station. It has become a transfer hub. We wanted to give a new and vital impetus to station design, so rather than merely designing the station around the activities and people flows that already took place there, the expanded architecture of the new Transfer Terminal directs and determines how people use and move around the building" said Ben van Berkel, founder and principal architect of UNStudio.

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