Architects:Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners
Structural Engineers: YRM
The new Waterloo is a combine of Hi-tech ----an engineering and architectural solution of great beauty and ingenuity that is a direct response to an extraordinarily difficult site.
Site and vision
link the complicated surroundings and create a city square
The mouth of the train shed, at the buffer end, shoulf meet the rest of the building. While the existing Waterloo station is laid out on a grid with straight tracks, the concourse wrapped around the platform ends follows a gradual curve which more pronounced where the new terminal is situated.
THe mounth of the new station is simply left open like a great proscenium arch.The theatrical effect is further emphasised the new ticket area below the existing concourse which creates the feeling of being in th front row of the stalls viewing the stage across the orchestra pit.
Plan & Section
Mainline station need also to provide an element of integration with cars.
Here at Waterloo sation, car bus and taxi access is provided at various point.
The curve of the roof is much steeper on one side than the other because there are five tracks not four,so that on one side the roof can rise gradually over the platform while the other must rise more sharply to clear the train.
The structure principle of the roof is thus an arch made of two trusses, one
part is outside and one part is inside.
One problem is that they do not allow to set the glass pavement ,so the departure lounges is totally dark.