What are human beings without the power to innovate and create? From commercial space travel to a 300-meters-long science yacht to futuristic cities, the bounds of the human race’s ability to conjure awe-inspiring projects out of nothingness are endless. And just like that, construction for another project will soon take off right in the middle of Mexico.
Come 2022, the Mexican city Tulum will be receiving a state-of-the-art train station designed by the English and Mexican architecture firm Aidia. To enclose the platform and concourse, the builders will employ sweeping latticed work, with the use of glass-reinforced concrete panels and structural steel. To keep it lined with the wood on the inside and to keep out the rain, the geometric grid will also be glazed.
Why the Complicated Design?
Sure, designers need to take looks into consideration before building commences but, more than anything else, the current design is inspired by Tulum’s climate. Situated in the Yucatan peninsula, the area is no stranger to high temperatures, relentless rain, and humidity. Aidia’s founders Natalia Wrzask and Rolando Rodriguez- Leal, stated that they wanted to create semi-open spaces without the need for mechanical ventilation. For that purpose, they envisioned the open lattice roof framework combined with the glaze.
What Else Will the Station Have?
Apart from the mezzanine floor above the platform and railway line, the station will have a second floor dedicated to shops and restaurants. This floor will be created in the middle of the station where the roof will be highest. This remarkable roof will be created in a manner so that it provides a dramatic exit and entrance for trains, raising on both ends, and dipping down again on both sides.
The station is part of a larger project named Tren Maya, sometimes also known as the Maya/Mayan Train. Traversing the Yucatan peninsula, this proposed project is a 948 miles long intercity railway being built in Mexico.
Through two routes that encircle the peninsula, this railroad is to begin in Palenque, Chiapas, traveling northwards towards Cancun, Quintana Roo. Since the future is all about tourism, the project was envisaged to connect tourist destinations throughout the Yucatan peninsula. These destinations also include the marvelous historic Mayan sites from which the project gets its name.
We don’t know about you but we sure are excited to see how this project pans out.