Ben van Berkel – Arnhem Central: A Station with a Twist

Lecture date: 2016/05/05

The phased development and construction of the Arnhem Central Masterplan in the Netherlands took 19 years to complete and opened to the public at the end of 2015. In his lecture, Ben van Berkel discusses the role of the contemporary station as both an urban activator and the agent of an elevated passenger experience. He presents the main ambitions and the key strategies behind the design for Arnhem Central and examine a number of related UNStudio projects that enabled the testing and development of similar concepts.

Ben van Berkel, born in Utrecht, the Netherlands, is the Founder and Principal Architect of UNStudio in Amsterdam, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Ben van Berkel studied architecture at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and at the Architectural Association in London, receiving the AA Diploma with Honours in 1987. He was recently awarded the Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor’s Chair at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. UNStudio is a network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure. Current projects include the design for Doha’s Intregrated Metro network in Qatar, the Raffles City mixed-use development in Hangzhou and the Canaletto Tower in London.


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