Latitude/Longitude: 51.5024, -0.11344
The International Terminal Waterloo is a multi-faceted transport interchange that copes with the demands of 15 million international rail passengers per year.
The brief for the project was to build a streamlined terminal, on a constrained central London site, through which passengers could pass quickly and efficiently. The result is a monument to the new railway age heralded by the advent of cross-channel rail travel in Britain.
The roof form responds to the dictates of the site, specifically to the west where the roof must rise more steeply in order to accommodate the height of the trains. This western side is clad in glass, providing arriving passengers with an impressive view of Westminster and passers-by with a panorama of the Eurostar trains.
The roof is the architectural focus of the Terminal but almost 90% of the project is concerned with work carried out underground. This comprises a two-storey viaduct that supports the platforms and incorporates two floors of passenger facilities: Departures and Arrivals, a basement car park and the brick vaults underneath the mainline station.
Departures and Arrivals are assigned a level each, to encourage a single direction of passenger movement on each floor. For all customers, there is a clear, linear progression from their point of arrival in the terminal to their point of exit.
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