An impressive new railroad station has just been opened in Guangzhou, China. Designed by the London based TFP Farrells, the “Guangzhou South Railway Station,” is already in the running for a World Architecture Festival award in transportation.
The railroad station would circulate 300,00 travelers daily and is equipped with 28 arriving and departing platforms, as well as spaces for taxis, cars and buses. The main spine of the building is made up of a 1,140 ft (348 m) long skylight and, thanks to the 45 degree angled roof and its hybrid structural components, allows for many column free open spaces. Also, at both entrances, visitors are welcomed by two large vegetated plazas made up of local plants, which is a nice touch of nature in such an industrial looking building.