The main concept for the new Roskilde Station Area is to reunite the city and reinvent the station as an integral part of the city centre, by transforming leftover land areas along the railroad into a vibrant urban district and infrastructural hub in Roskilde.
The design reconnects the two parts of Roskilde divided by the railroad lines; The historic UNESCO world heritage center in the North including the Roskilde Cathedral and the more recent areas in the South dominated by industrial developments and contemporary culture such as the Roskilde Festival.
The new Roskilde Station Area will transform the station from a former barrier in the city to a unifying hub – merging urban life with infrastructure and creating a coherent urban experience in Roskilde, inspired by and in respect to both the rich cultural heritage and the cutting edge contemporary culture that Roskilde is known for
One of the key elements of the design is the integration of the station into the surrounding city. This is achieved by transforming the railway station into a large urban space that will become a new destination in the city with vibrant city life, shops and public spaces right on platform.
As an alternative to a traditional bridge or tunnel as the infrastructural link across the railway, the design team propose an open green urban space with the railroad tracks hovering above. The passage will serve as the main connection between the two parts of the city and will be lined with shops, cafés and service functions as well as informal areas for social interaction and recreation. This solution also leads to a more intuitive navigation throughout the station and provide a great vantage point of the city while solving the logistics of the 30.000 daily passengers more seamless and efficient.
Roskilde Station Area
New Pedestrian Connection, Housing, Offices, Retail, Department Store, Hotel
Urbanism, Infrastructure, Architecture
Competition, 1st Prize
karres+brands, WTM Engineers, ARUP, ALECTIA
Sinus Lynge, Tue Hesselberg Foged, Kasper Reimer, Christoffer Gotfredsen, Ulrike Marie Steen, Gorka Calzada Medina, Yulia Kozlova, Evgeny Markachev, Pawel Potemkowski, Lavinia Andreea Marcu, Weronika Marek, Urszula Chomiak, Mette Tange Dahl
The site is located along the railway area at Roskilde train station in the city centre of Roskilde, between the historic and the new part of the city
The main urban space at the station
Modern Roskilde is built around the old station, which is also the oldest and one of the busiest stations in Denmark. Today however the railway has become a backside and a barrier in the very centre of the city. With the new Roskilde Station Area, the station is turned into a new front side presenting a new face of Roskilde with vibrant city life, shops and public spaces right on platform.
As an alternative to a traditional bridge or tunnel as the infrastructural link across the railway, the design propose an open green urban space with the railroad tracks hovering above. The new urban passage will serve as the main connection between the two parts of the city and create a more intuitive navigation throughout the station and provide a great vantage point of the city while solving the logistics of the 30.000 daily passengers more seamless and efficient.
The strategy will transform the desolate parking area and industrial leftover land area along the railway into a new vibrant city centre. Besides the infrastructural hub, the masterplan includes housing, offices, retail, a hotel, department store and a series of new connections and urban spaces.
The new Roskilde Station Area will be one of the first examples of a complete integration of station, city and urban space. The design breaks with the traditional understanding of a station as a ticket office and a waiting room. Instead, the infrastructure and the station will be fully integrated in the city fabric.
Concept and hierarchy of the new urban spaces