The Station Building – the Arch Inspired by the Fern and Art Nouveau
The focal point of the plan is the iconic station building that creates a strong visual identity in the cityscape strengthening the sense of Riga as a metropolis. The inspiration for the design is the archetypal form of historic central stations worldwide – The Arch.
The station building stands as a new landmark with eye-catching canopies resembling arched fern leaves – aspiring to the qualities of the Art nouveau period. The sloping roof canopies let light flow easily and evenly throughout the building, creating a concourse space with an open and airy atmosphere. To the North side the canopy lifts allows a unique undisturbed view over the historic city creating a strong sense of relation to the city you have just arrived in, or are leaving behind. Geometric features, symmetry and repetition are qualities that enhance wayfinding and maintain orientation in the building landscape. The generous space, reminiscent of ecclesiastical architecture, creates moments of great wonder as travelers enters the building – a memorable experience and a recognizable point of arrival and departure.