Werner Sobek Group, Stuttgart
Due to its location in a narrow valley, Stuttgart’s potential for urban expansion is limited. To generate urgently needed space for urban development, the old train station – a stub-end terminal located above ground – is transformed into an underground through station. The rail track system currently occupies nearly 250 acres of premium land in the very heart of the city. The new main station not only links Stuttgart to the European high-speed rail system, but also unlocks a huge area for urban development.
The 420-meter-long structure of the new main station is an elegant concrete-shell construction. The geometry of the 3-D structure was developed using .NET Framework and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) models. Thus, it is a truly form-optimized structure, currently being erected in white concrete.
The presentation explained the design of Stuttgart’s new train station, with special focus on the structural engineering and its importance to the future urban development of the inner city. The question of whether and how the new area can be used for residential and commercial high-rise projects formed an important part of the presentation, linking into the overall discussion of high-rise and inner-city urban development in the dense German city.