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* Architecture: Express Rail Link West Kowloon Terminus by Andrew Bromberg

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 15 July 2012

Architecture: Express Rail Link West Kowloon Terminus by Andrew Bromberg: “..The Express Rail Link West Kowloon Terminus West, designed by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas, functions as an indicator of how relations have improved between Hong Kong and mainland China. The high-speed rail terminus station will connect Hong Kong to Beijing with the largest rail network in our history. Located centrally in Hong Kong within the city’s urban realm, the 430,000 square meter facility, equipped with fifteen tracks, will be the largest below ground terminus station in the world..The WKT will function more like an international airport than a rail station as the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region maintains economic and political differences from P.R.C. This means that the facility needs to have both custom and immigration controls for departing and arriving passengers. What is highly unusual in this facility is that the West Kowloon Terminus will have immigration domains for both Hong Kong and China in the same facility, as opposed to how immigration works in a typical international airport, which only serves the host country..The site’s proximity to the future West Kowloon Cultural District and to Victoria Harbor required a design which was highly influenced by civic demand. Adding to the challenge was the construction of a 400,000 square meters of commercial development on top of the station, which would be auctioned off to a developer at a later date..”

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image: Courtesy of Aedas; article: Furuto , Alison . “Express Rail Link West Kowloon Terminus / Andrew Bromberg” 14 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/253254&gt;

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