Project team:

Client: ROM Eiendom AS
Architecture: Mellbye Arkitektur Interiør AS
Interior design: Mellbye Arkitektur Interiør AS
Consulting engineers: ÅF Lighting
Lighting design: ÅF Lighting

Products applied:
iGuzzini, Osram, Skanlux, Zumtobel, Elektrik Solutions, Kreativ Plast, Glamox, Erco, Fagerhult, Luminator, XAL, Artemide, Bega

12. Apr 2017

Oslo’s central railway station Østbanehallen adds to the traveller’s urban and shopping experience.

Text: Joachim Ritter
Photos: Tomasz Majewski

Railway stations have something of a reputation worldwide. Since the beginning of the 19th century our planet has been witness to the development of a myriad of sometimes mighty and majestic buildings that serve the purpose of providing rail transport for goods and passengers within countries and across borders. Some are indeed true status symbols – of therailway companies or the cities themselves – and statistics show that more people use trains today, a trend that is on the increase. Many prefer using the train to save petrol, have company, or take time to read or prepare for the day. And railway stations are not only about getting on and off trains. Even commuters, people who use trains on a regular basis, spend time at stations pursuing other activities: meeting colleagues and friends, enjoying a snack or meal, booking train journeys, shopping … Shopping? Yes. The larger railway stations are slowly but surely turning into shopping centres.

A year has passed since Ø, the new name of Oslo’s central railway station, which was originally known as Østbanehallen, reopened after a major renovation of the old station building. The concourse in the centrally located building now houses restaurants, cafés and shops and has become a natural meeting place for the citizens of Oslo with its location at the end of the main shopping street, Karl Johans gate. The building now contains a wide range of shops and outlets – not only for people to browse in while waiting for train connections or to pick up friends. Grocery stores, flower shops, bakeries, sushi bar, ice-cream parlour … And some of the cafés and bars feature leather sofas and cosy armchairs to lounge in. A public space indeed, geared to attracting a certain clientele and promoting both a functional and a cool atmosphere.

Each of the shops in Østbanehallen has its own control panel enabling the owners to control the lighting individually. At the end of the day, the general ambient lighting takes over. To avoid the shops appearing as spaces between the illuminated areas, the client also has the possibility to switch the lighting back on in specific shops. The refurbishment of the listed building has been effected with care and discretion. Only the best material have been used to create a seamless combination of old and new. Lighting design was a key part of the renovation programme: the lighting of the entire building including the square in front of the building, the façade and the main concourse. The lighting design team from ÅF were commissioned to develop and realise a concept to support the architects’ intention to merge old and new.

The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 104 as well as in our PLD magazine app (iPad App Store).


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