Kastrup Station, Copgenhagen Airport

The natural transition between train and aircraft

Kastrup Station, an underground train station at Copenhagen Airport and one of Denmark’s busiest. The station is a traffic nerve centre; a continuation of the Oresund connection and Terminal 3 and it is an open construction with two platforms, each serving its own track.

The station is an immediate extension of the tip of Terminal 3 and appears with the same high quality as the rest of the airport. Architecturally, the steel, glass and granite of Kastrup Station is a continuation of the spaciousness and materials of Terminal 3 particularly .

Kastrup Station designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects

A light and open station under ground

Kastrup Station is designed as a natural transition from train to flight. The clam station welcomes the passengers with its daylight, materiality and the same aesthetic simplicity as rest of the airport.

The station is characterized by a long gap just above the rail tracks, opening the underground station whilst it proving a natural ventilation of the room. The platforms form a solid granite base, ceilings are plastered and the walls covered with travertine adding a warm glow to the room.

Kastrup Station is free of adverts. Instead, there is photographic art framed in tombak on the sound reducing walls.

Kastrup Station designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects

The entire station curves towards the Oresund tunnel, and the arched shape makes the room appear intimate. The pillars that support the roof widen at the top resembling a collar, visualizing the heavy weight they carry.

Kastrup Station designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects
Kastrup Station designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen Arkitekter

The passenger flow from the terminal’s airside toward the station is natural. The plan arrangement of Terminal 3 intuitively guides the arriving passengers from bagage claim, through the arrival hall and towards the train, as the building narrows downwards towards the train.

The gap above the rain tracks is shielded by a seven meters wide, titled pent roof. The pent roof the made of glass and protects the station from rain and at the same allow the sunlight underground.

The titled glass roof clearly fasten the station to the area in front of the station.

Kastrup Station designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects
Client
Øresundsforbindelsen A/S
Collaborators
Rasmussen & Schiøtz A/S, Rådgivergruppen Kastrup Station
Location
Copenhagen Airport
Area
5.000 m2
Status
Realized i 1998
Awards
1998: Foreningen til Hovedstadens Forskønnelse diplom

2000: Brunel Award for ASØ Kastrup Station, Sector for Graphics, Industrial Design and Art

2001: Brunel Award for ASØ Kastrup Station, Sector for Architecture