between a railway and the river embankment the Olivais District, an
industrial wasteland five kilometers from the heart of Lisbon, was selected
for the the Expo ³98 World Fair². Fundamental to the plan was the
construction of a new station on the existing railway lines, that would
cross the district on a nine-meter- high embankment. The embankment, that
defined the western edge of the Expo site, was historically the dividing
line between the residential and industrial areas.
design provides clear and easy pedestrian access between the various
transport modes and, by piercing the embankment, establishes a visual and
pragmatic link between the two separated areas.
Avenida Berlin, perpendicular to the embankment, was extended to the river¹s
edge. The Reciproca Avenida, a matching but slightly oblique avenue, was
constructed on the northern edge to establish an important east-west axis
penetrating the Expo site. This axis served as the ordering principle and
point of symmetry for the design
placed the platforms on a bridge structure, comprised of five parallel rows
of twinned arches, 78 meters wide, spanning 260 meters.
The bus terminal is located to the immediate west of the station, and a
complex of commercial buildings surrounds a plaza to the east.
mall, ticket counters and platform access, are located in a multi-level hall
beneath the platforms. A park-and-ride facility and metro links are also
located below grade.
platforms, steel and glass "trees" interlock to form a continuous system of
transparent roofs arranged on a 17 meter grid.
sweeping, glazed canopies of the bus terminal cover an elevated gallery
that gives access to the station above the bus lanes.
The gallery, with its translucent glass-block paving, is treated as an
axial, ordering element that runs through the entire complex from east to
the Expos primary transport connection, Oriente Station has proved to be
the main component in the transformation of the whole area. It has become
one of Europe¹s most comprehensive transport nodes; an important interchange
for high-speed intercity trains, rapid regional transport, standard rail
services, and tram and metro networks.
G.I.L. Expo ³98 World Fair²