Freeing up urban space with a vertical railway station

One of the more unusual ideas in the 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition is a tall structure that acts as a vertical train hub.

The project, designed by the UK’s Lucas Mazarrasa and Christopher Christophi, received an honourable mention from the judges.

The futuristic skyscraper functions as a vertical station for high-speed trains that climb the building’s sides on magnetic tracks. To prevent passengers from being turned upside down, train compartments are designed to resemble those found in Ferris Wheels, rotating to keep passengers upright at all times.

As trains arrive at and depart from the tower, passengers will embark and disembark by way of elevators in the structure’s core. Trains leaving the skyscraper head off through underground tunnels to link with the rail network. This leaves the land immediately around the skyscraper free for other uses and it could potentially be transformed into an urban park, creating a greener city.

While this idea seems far-fetched at the moment, at least until the technology catches up with it, there is a lot to be said for making use of vertical space in crowded urban environments.

Although Chester is not known for its skyscrapers, much of the town’s heritage architecture, such as the famous Chester Rows, has multiple storeys that make effective use of limited space in the town centre. Those who are planning building projects in the Chester area might do well to consider their vertical, as well as their horizontal options, which a qualified Chester architect will be able to advise upon.

Posted by Matt Hughes
March 27, 2014
New Buildings

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