The city of Malaga, a popular coastal destination conveniently accessible by a major airport and train station, has attracted significant commercial development and growth in recent years. However, the citys configuration of disengaged districts posed challenges for officials who sought to develop a new large-scale central business district. To remedy the situation, Malaga commissioned RTKL to create a master plan to position the historic train station as a unifying core in the new 538,000-SF mixed-use environment.
RTKLs master plan and architectural scheme focuses on accommodating and highlighting the stations transit functions while simultaneously infusing the space with a variety of mixed-use components. A new plaza enhances the existing entry foyer by providing a more visible entrance between flanking retail and entertainment pavilions. With maximized views of the rail operations, the design facilitates seamless circulation throughout the transit platforms and visually connects the station with the surrounding developments. within which the ideas of routine transit movement, connection and destination merge seamlessly with the new cultural, lifestyle and leisure activities.
Designed with environmental consideration, all materials are locally sourced and sustainable. In addition, the roof structure, which balances the need for light and ventilation, reduces energy consumption, pollution, waste and ultimately the operating costs.