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Costa del Sol - Ferroviary Stations
Málaga, Spain
2007




We decided the station should be, before anything else, a “building”, to be constructed from the bottom up, because, this is, after all, the “natural order of things”.

It’s not a conventional roof. It is accessible and contains a lower patio that invites pedestrians to go down and in, slowly, so that one can also calmly perceive the framing and the chain of spaces bellow that leads to the platforms, way deeper underground ground.

People and trains are a “flow” that “goes through” the building in cyclic movements. This is what needs to be expressed, no more than that.



We remember now the fascination that the railway stations in the great cities awaked in us or the accounted importance that they held in smaller province towns, as a door to new opportunities – hard times!
We remember the great lobbies, wide and without furniture, but full of people coming and going – the fascination and the uncertainties so “familiar” in these kind of voyages and the magic of those spaces that represented the door to new opportunities in other worlds or the arrival door to those who were returning.
The great halls in steel and glass that enclosed trains and people, the steam involving them and sometimes mixed with the sunlight - these were spaces with ritual.
We would like “our” stations to be capable of recovering some of that magic, even bearing in mind that today’s time and speed are different and what before seemed far and distant is now much more closer.
We want “our” buildings to be capable of invoking those memories, releasing a kind of energy that cannot be described but can be sensed. Perhaps this way we can achieve an architecture with emotions – and without any nostalgia.