Hexagonal design for Mumbai train station
Mumbai-based Mandviwala Qutub and Associates has designed the Train Station, a sustainable social project that connects people to local culture as opposed to an ordinary transit spot. Inspired by a molecular structure of a diamond, the hexagonal structure unfolds into a crystalline form.
The folded plate roof is composed of the clerestory fins at the large entrance roof for ventilation, the glass skylights, and the internal perforated metal screen. These elements filter and diffuse natural light, and the roof allow for larger spans, is easy to construct, and exposes a lesser surface area for direct heat gain. Glass facades are vertically titled by 15 degrees for self-shading, and are folded towards the north-south direction for minimum heat gain.
The screen walls have different traditional motifs used for block printing in the handloom industry, which allow cross-ventilation through the structure. The concourse is raised to a higher level of 4.5 meters to ease traffic flow on the main roads and render the station visible and functional with circulation patterns.