Vienna Central Station
Theo Hotz | 2012
The new Vienna Central Station creates a multi-modal hub in the trans-European rail network. This project’s significant importance is reflected in its architecture: a highlight is the major, partially translucent roof which will span all platforms, and brings natural light to the indoors and thus creates a natural feeling of well-being.
The 40,000 sqm steel roof thus plays a significant role in delivering the first stunning impression of Vienna for visitors arriving by train from around the world into the capital city. It gives a lasting impression to millions of travelers, which take it from Vienna into the world.
It is an impressive design and a challenge for the architectural and structural steel accepted by the specialists at Unger Steel Group, which were responsible for the spectacular steel diamond-shaped roof construction: steel and metal work, glass and tinner work were all the responsibility of one partner. A folded diamond-shaped roof hovers above the platform. 14 distinctive diamond trusses, each 76 meters long, are supported every 38 meters with massive post cross frames (PCFs).
In the center of the diamond is an open design with a skylight in the form of a crystal, which is about 6 x 30 meters, which lets the light through, providing optimal illumination during the day, and magnificent light effects at night. Generosity, openness and transparency will characterize the appearance of the new Vienna Central Station, with a 20,000 sqm shopping area in front of the platforms.
Information provided in part by: A As Architecture