Tianjin's High Speed Rail Station is a Transit Cathedral of Light

By: Jordan M - Published: Mar 1, 2011 • References: som
China is one country that is well ahead of the game when it comes to connecting its cities via high-speed rail, and Tianjin's High Speed Rail Station is just one example of how it often celebrates that infrastructure with fantastic architectural marvels.

Designed by Skidmore Ownings and Merrill, Tianjin's High Speed Rail Station features an elaborate lattice roof that allows light to filter down into its interior in order to create a cheerful and thoroughly modern space. In addition to the buildings ground-source heat pump, the elaborate roof helps warm the building in the winter by directing sunlight into the underground building while also limiting direct exposure.

Tianjin's High Speed Rail Station is designed to house over 6,000 daily commuters, but it is an architectural achievement that will hopefully inspire many more than that.