Västerås Travel Center


Västerås Travel Center is a new transportation hub for trains, buses, taxis, bikes, and pedestrians in the heart of Västerås, one of Sweden’s largest cities.


Through an ongoing design process since 2014, the proposal for Västerås Travel Center has taken shape, grown together with the city and developed over time to create a new infrastructural hub united in one landscape, under one floating roof. The existing rail station bisects the neighborhoods of Västerås rather than linking them together. By linking the neighborhoods of Västerås together, the Travel Center behaves as a dynamic urban node and visual landmark that connects the city’s flows in a safe and sustainable environment. 


The roof appears as a continuous thin sheet gently lifted at its four corners, collecting multiple layers of the travel center’s public programs and urban spaces within a cohesive identity. These four corners create welcoming entrance points, inviting travelers and visitors inside. As a continuous extension of the city’s existing structure, the roof adapts to the programmatic needs of the city below, while also producing a rolling landscape above, thus generating magnificent views of Lake Mälaren and the city center.


Restaurants, cafes, bike parking, retail and other facilities are organized alongside train, bus and car traffic to support the free flow of public life through the building and out towards the city to nearby Lake Mälaren.


Rather than simply becoming infrastructure for public transportation, the new Västerås Travel Center is shaped by the flow of people and public life, transforming infrastructural necessity into opportunities for social interaction.