CÁDIZ BUS STATION

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SITUATION: Avda. de los astilleros, Cádiz. >>Open in GOOGLE MAPS
DATES: competition (2010)
CLIENT: Empresa Pública de Gestión de Infraestructuras de Andalucía SA (GIASA)
ARCHITECTS: José Antonio Carbajal Navarro, Nicolás Carbajal Ballell and Rodrigo Carbajal Ballell
COLLABORATING ARCHITECTS: Eva Muñoz Romero, Fernando Moreno Humanes, Tomás Osborne Ruíz and Pasquale Murru

The place assigned to the new Bus Station, is an overly long and narrow plot with little relation to the current Railway Station, relationship that only occurs at the end of the platforms of the latter, which access is restricted today. The new bus station will present its main facade to the also new Avenida de los astilleros. At the west there will be a commercial and tertiary building, and at the southeast a petrol station.
The situation, form and dimensions of the plot make necessary to put the areas for access, transit and rest for passengers in the northwest side, side where it is possible to connect with the railway station, despite that, as we said, the end of the railway platforms is not the best place to put in relation both transport facilities. As a result, bays and platforms will be in the southeast. We have designed a big canopy to keep this area more comfortable. Natural ventilation and illumination are ensured because this part of the plot presents opposite facades to the avenue and the railway.
A two-level closed space will house accesses (from the street and from railway station), ticket offices and rest area. The hall, ticket offices, luggage lockers, information desk, ticket and vending machines, shops, newsstand, travel agencies and restrooms will occupy the lower level. The escalators will carry passengers to the upper level, where they will find the waiting area, the cafeteria and security and management offices. This level will allow panoramic views of the port and “Puerta de Tierra” and connects with the upper level of the railway station. Moreover the waiting area will have great views of the arrival and departures of buses.
About the area of bays and platforms, it has been designed as an open-covered space. There will be 16 bays and platforms, a control booth for buses arrivals, benches and vending machines for passengers. This area is partially closed with glass or perforated steel sheets to protect people from wind and noise from outside.
This work is published at divisare.com
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