Amsterdam Zuid Station Place of transitional moments of life / Matteo Meschiari
Function: Train Station
Site Location: Amsterdam Zuid
a business district;
a new residential area;
yet an anonymous public space.
A river of railways divides the place in two. People leaving, people arriving, people passing by. People staying.
Places of great transition often bring a definition of public interiors, where a sequence of spaces accompanies the movement and stir socio-public life. As such, train stations are often an important infrastructural, but also socio-public, medium. Hence, the delicate but strict transition dictated by the station and the Zuidas passage, connecting the two sides of Amsterdam Zuid, leads to a severe and rational intervention: a clear definition of edges towards the context and an anatomical orchestration of movement through a sequence of spaces that trigger the public interior life.
Yet, despite the transient nature of the place, a megalithic monumentality and a precise materiality attempts to evoke human emotional sensibility and to tickle memories inducing ‘a sense of unrooted belonging’ in the public anonymity and transience of Amsterdam Zuid.
Author: Matteo Meschiari