Kielce bus terminal
Gottlieb Paludan Architects has drawn up a competition proposal to renovate and redesign the iconic bus terminal in the centre of Kielce. The competition proposal received second place and was honored for the courage to create new urban spaces and exploit the spatial potential of the old terminal.
Gottlieb Paludan Architects' design proposal focuses on accentuating and preserving the inherent architectural qualities of the Kielce bus station while at the same time improving the technical and functional qualities of the iconic traffic hub. To improve accessibility for users and create a more flexible use of the station, Gottlieb Paludan Architects proposes to open up the building by removing unnecessary building components and carefully renovating the original structures. This would improve accessibility, legibility and safety for passengers and allows for a more flexible and uptodate use of the bus station. The proposal’s overall approach was to strip back the existing constructions where needed and possible and to renovate and extend very gently, respecting the DNA of the original architectural constructions.
The cylindrical area in the centre of the terminal opens into an atrium, connecting the lower level with the upper level and the building's iconic dome, to create an attractive arrival area for passengers. The existing walkways between the columns at the bus stops are extended and interpreted into a green covered area with large circular skylights, resulting in a pleasant and manageable waiting area with views of the buses arriving and departing.