Stockholm Central Station
Designed in 1871, Stockholm Central Station has a long, proud history, and the building itself features magnificent artwork and architecture. The building is historically listed and, as such, officials have an obligation to protect its architectural features in any upgrades or renovations. In addition, current commuters place a high emphasis on using a facility that is efficient, sustainable and easily accessible while being aesthetically pleasing. A dignified, impressive entrance is key to a comfortable customer experience and is proven to leave a lasting impression on the visitor.
“The goal was to let people experience the whole atmosphere of this historic building, from floor to ceiling. We also wanted to have the old and the new come together in a natural way,” says Architectural Conservator Johan Rittsél with AIX. Jernhusen, the station owners, and AIX have been collaborating for 15 years to restore Stockholm Central Station to its former glory while creating a contemporary center. The entry solution needed to be true to the authentic beauty and atmosphere of the original space while meeting the modern demands placed on traffic flow and energy savings.
Consequently, Stockholm Central Station features a set of three Boon Edam all-glass, three-winged Crystal Tourniket automatic revolving doors along with integrated heaters. Each door can accommodate 1,740 persons per minute in both directions, in addition to managing climate control. The Crystal Tourniket doors also include collapsible door wings, which create an easy escape route in the event of an emergency. The entrance complements the classic architecture of the entrance hall while letting in as much daylight as possible.
“Boon Edam was very focused on finding the right door solution for us, even taking us on research tours so we could try out different door solutions,” says Anne Teresiak, an AIX architect.
A primary challenge was concealing the entrance’s technical aspects so as not to interfere with the overall user experience and impression of the entrance. The motors were built into the floor; the control boxes were designed to be situated at a lower level in the building; and the vertical heaters were integrated into the centerline of the doors.
Peter Appelgren with Jernhusen, adds: “The revolving doors are now an integrated part of the entrance hall. We’ve managed to capture the ambience of the old while making sure we meet the modern demands of energy savings, as well as maintaining high-volume traffic flow.”
REVOLVING DOORS MANUFACTURER: Boon Edam
PHOTO: Boon Edam