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Landscape & Planning

Horsens Traffic Terminal

Gottlieb Paludan Architects has transformed the traditional Horsens Station into a new dynamic traffic terminal on behalf of Horsens Local Municipality and the Danish State Railways (DSB). The object of the project has been to create integrated solutions, excellent facilities, improved transport interchanges and accessibility for all.

The surfaces and the transitions between them play a major part in separating drivers and vulnerable road users, thereby increasing road safety and accessibility. DSB’s and Banedanmark’s system of guidance lines for the blind and partially sighted, Intactila, which was developed by GPA, is used at the terminal. Guidance lines and kerbstones are white granite in contrast to the surrounding grey granite paving and roadway areas, clearly marking the transition between the roadway and areas for vulnerable road users.

The lighting emphasizes the clarity of the layout and contributes to creating an accessible and safe environment at the terminal. It is a combination of terminal lighting high above the traffic areas and park lamps along walkways and in waiting areas, supplemented by spots in particular zones and shelters. New plants, carefully selected to provide seasonal variation and require minimum maintenance, are encircled by low Cor-Ten steel edges. The flower beds are strategically placed to support the passenger flow and to mark entrances and access routes and divide the areas around the station building.

In addition, it has been crucial to increase the capacity and quality of the bicycle parking facilities. Therefore, bicycle racks on two levels and under cover have provided the majority of the new spaces and they have been located carefully to ensure ease of use for passengers riding to and from the station. The project was developed in collaboration with Grontmij A/S.

Photos: Gottlieb Paludan Architects 

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