3. Station forecourt – covered waiting areas
“The station forecourt can be understood in addition to its mediating function between the railway and the city as urban transport hub and as a meeting place, meeting place etc.. In general, the rail passengers at the train station undergoes a first lasting impression of a city. The station forecourt thus serves as a business card of a city. He takes over the function of a gate, which will happen again when leaving the city.
In addition to the “classic” urban and spatial functions, the station forecourt is characterized by the fact that movement and stillness find their counterparts in the urban expression of street and square.
The station forecourt claimed generally much larger areas than other urban places and is often crossed to a large extent by the flooding traffic (ie sometimes it turns into a traffic court). Nevertheless, there are similarities with the aforementioned “special places”. The station forecourt is equally a city spatial element and as such part of a spatial sequence of for reflection, guidance and decision moments that are on the meaning of the place, just here on the station, aligned.
Not only the shape of the station is a significant impact on the station forecourt: Even topographical conditions is sometimes a crucial importance. ”
Text from Wikipedia.
Place equal area for orientation, waiting and gathering. A ramp for the movement.
At the station, the station building is important! It requires an attractive forecourt. That is why we need a combination of square and ramp!