Makkah Metro C-Line Stations Snohetta
The Makkah Metro C-Line Stations envision the unique fusion between the ultra-modern technology of the metro system and the historical richness of Makkah. In this way the architecture acts as a framework – both for understanding and enriching the places it meets along the metro line – and for projecting the future vision and goals of the city. Within the Metro C-Line Stations designed by Snohetta, you can find programs that include a dynamic climbing hall, temporary accommodation zone, fitness gym and maintenance areas.
The exterior is clad in white fiber cement panels, which simultaneously allows the building to blend into its snowy context while offering climbers outdoor routes. Steel moment resisting frames are used as the main structural system; while tubular trusses transmit the floor loads to vertical elements due to project long spans.
This unique sleek-skin floating transit station designed by Snohetta Architects in the heart of the traditional city of Makkah seeks to articulate a richness in historic traditions of the city with a future modern vision.The proposal hanging between ground and sky among skyscrapers was designed in collaboration with local artists and displays a variety of textures and patterns of its context.
In sharp contrast to the hard ceramic outside, the inside is softlined with a screen inspired from the native Moucharabia. This moucharabia will serve as the signature for each of the several stations to be built ,with each being unique in material and color .Access to the station is via ramps on both edges that emanate from a ground level wide open plaza that will be an accompanying public space for commuters.
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