China : The Express Rail Link – West Kowloon Terminus, ( connecting Hong Kong to Guangzhou & Shenzhen ) when completed in 2015, will be the world’s largest underground high-speed rail station, occupying a huge 43 hectares !
Designed by Andrew Bromberg of international architecture studio Aedas, the terminal will be prepared with 15 tracks for high-speed trains reaching maximum speeds of 124 mph (200 km/h).
The Hong Kong Section of the high-speed rail will shorten the journey time between Hong Kong and Guangzhou significantly from about 100 minutes to 48 minutes.
As a « gateway » to Hong kong, the WKT will function more like an international airport than a rail station.
The converging tracks coming into the terminus station becomes a metaphor for Hong Kong’s own converging forces. A large “Civic Square” opens up toward the cultural district and is defined on the other side with its own outdoor performance amphitheatre.
This undulating building will change the city’s face; the structure’s roof line acts as dynamic-shaped pedestrian trails alongside green spaces ( Highly Vegetated Sculpture Garden ).
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