The facade of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Railway Station will be designed keeping in mind the local architecture and character of the city.
In the new design, the specific functional needs of each station are enveloped in a site-specific architectural skin in terms of scale, mass, volume and material.
The design of the station facade facilitates the penetration of abundant natural light into the passenger areas with exterior views of the sky wherever possible.
For example, the importance and meaning of speed will be showcased at Vapi station and the next Bharuch station will be designed under a cotton weave honoring the 150-year-old art and its artists.
Similarly, the city of Vadodara bears the name of “the tree of Vad”. The design of the Vadodara HSR station facade is inspired by the profile and foliage of a ‘banyan tree’.
The facade of Ahmedabad station is inspired by Syed Siddique Jali and the design of the facade of Sabarmati station in Sabarmati is inspired by the charkha of Mahatma Gandhi.
The white needles of the facade are inspired by the Charkha of Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram and the silhouette of the rays will give the appearance of the chakra not only during the day but also at night.
The theme of Surat high-speed railway station, known for its diamond industry, will be based on “diamonds” and the theme of Bilimora, famous for its mango orchards, will be designed accordingly.
“Each station in the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor was chosen after extensive research on geographic, economic, infrastructural, cultural and various other factors,” an officer said.
The total length of the proposed high speed rail corridor is 508.17 km and would traverse Maharashtra, Gujarat and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
The 12 stations proposed are Mumbai (BKC), Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand/Nadia, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati, among these, eight stations are located in Gujarat and the other four in Maharashtra.
The construction processes of the project’s eight stations in Gujarat are in full swing. Surat will be the first station, which is expected to be completed by 2024.
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