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MAD’s Cutting-Edge Train Station Redefines Chinese Infrastructure

Jiaxing Train Station, CN / MAD Architects

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MAD Architects has recently finished the reconstruction and expansion of Jiaxing Train Station, marking their inaugural venture into transportation infrastructure. Situated in the heart of Jiaxing, a city steeped in history just southwest of Shanghai, this station replaces its outdated predecessor that served the area from 1995 to 2019. With a mere 4,000 square meters, the old station could no longer keep up with the city’s rapid growth.

Jiaxing Train Station, CN / MAD Architects

In a departure from the usual grandiose Chinese station designs, MAD Architects opted to recreate the original station that graced the site back in 1907. However, they added a modern twist by incorporating a suspended metal roof adorned with solar panels, ensuring the building is not only visually stunning but also environmentally friendly.

Jiaxing Train Station, CN / MAD Architects

The aim of this project is to create a station that is not only efficient but also more “human” in its design. To achieve this, a team of architectural experts and scholars meticulously analyzed a wealth of data to accurately reconstruct the old station, paying homage to the city’s rich history.

Jiaxing Train Station, CN / MAD Architects

The attention to detail is truly remarkable. Around 210,000 bricks, made from mud sourced from a nearby lake, were meticulously crafted in shades of red and green. Additionally, local materials were used throughout the construction process, further connecting the station to its surroundings.

Jiaxing Train Station, CN / MAD Architects

Inside, the minimalist interiors are adorned with honeycomb anodized aluminum panels, cleverly placed in the waiting hall, ceiling, and tunnel walls to minimize noise and create a serene atmosphere for travelers.

Jiaxing Train Station, CN / MAD Architects

Looking ahead, the Jiaxing Train Station is expected to accommodate a staggering 5.28 million passengers annually by 2025, with a peak hourly capacity of approximately 2,500 people. Underground, various modes of transportation have been seamlessly integrated to efficiently connect the station to the entire urban system.

Jiaxing Train Station, CN / MAD Architects

MAD Architects has truly created a transportation hub that not only serves its purpose but also stands as a testament to the city’s past and future.

Images courtesy of CREATAR and ACF