Morphosis Transforms Vialia Vigo TGV Station in Vigo, Spain
In a phased opening, the project invigorates the station into a cosmopolitan center integrating infrastructure with civic space
Vialia Vigo TGV Station was inaugurated last Wednesday, September 29. The station was designed by global architecture and design firm Morphosis as part of a larger project to revitalize the region’s major train station. Located on the western coast of Spain, the transportation hub will ease connection into and out of Vigo, housing a new high-speed railway that connects Vigo to Madrid and, eventually, to Porto, Portugal. Vialia Vigo will provide civic space for a variety of new public, retail, and commercial spaces that foster critical connections for people in Vigo and the surrounding region. Morphosis worked in partnership with BDU Arquitectura and L35 in the creation of the project.
Morphosis Partner and Project Director Brandon Welling notes: “Vialia Vigo TGV Station demonstrates the firm’s continued interest in collaborating with cities to create projects and interventions that enhance urban connectivity while engaging with the day-to-day experience of its users. Not only does Vialia Vigo provide critical infrastructure to the region, but it creates a new gateway to the city that will catalyze social and commercial growth.”
Nestled into the mountainous coastal terrain, Vialia Vigo’s narrow site negotiates a 55-foot (17-meter) drop in elevation, sloping from an elevated residential area down towards Vigo’s city center. The undulating roof-scape of the four-story station serves as a public plaza creating a vibrant new public space and vital connections. The surface of the rooftop plaza folds downward to reveal a soaring atrium below that serves as the station’s main lobby and heart of Vialia Vigo.
The public plaza’s prominent position and the atrium’s transparent façade afford sweeping vistas of the sea and city center below. Circulation flows are oriented to facilitate navigation, optimize connectivity, and fill the station’s public spaces with cosmopolitan activity. From a distance, the glowing glass roof that caps the atrium identifies the plaza at night, and lighting beckons activity within. From the highway, striated lights reveal a dynamic echoing the motion of the train station beyond a metal mesh that veils the site from the north.
Morphosis’ work plays into the larger renewal of the station, with future urban developments to follow. Plans to create a variety of public and commercial spaces within the elegant new station will centralize Vigo as an attractive and important destination.