Construction on Mexico’s Tulum train station to start in 2022, What will it look like?


The structural engineering works for the 14,400m² station will be executed by Project & Calc.

Construction work on the Tulum train station on the Tren Maya railway line in Mexico is expected to commence in January 2022.

The station is being constructed as part of Tren Maya, a 1,525km intercity railway being planned for the Yucatan Peninsula in a loop between Cancún and Palenque.

Designed by Mexican architecture company Aidia Studio, the station will provide services from the Cancún to Tulum stretch of the railway line.

The design of the station features a perforated roof that will be made from steel structures and glass-reinforced concrete panels, covering the platforms and concourse.

The geometric grid will be glazed for keeping out the rain and arranged with wood on the inside.

Construction work on the station is expected to conclude by June 2023.

Rodriguez-Leal and Wrzask added: “An eye-shaped footprint, widest at the centre where the main functions of the station converge, seemed the most efficient use of space.

“This was enhanced by taking the least possible area adjacent to the tracks and compensating by stacking the public programme of the station above the platforms.”

Tulum train station by Aidia Studio

Mexican and English architecture office Aidia Studio has designed a train station for Tulum with a sweeping latticed roof that will be built on the Tren Maya railway line in Mexico.

Aidia Studio designed the perforated roof made from structural steel and glass-reinforced concrete panels to enclose over the platforms and concourse.

Render of the exterior of a train station for the Tren Maya railway through Tulum
Aidia Studio has designed a latticed roof for the Tulum train station

The geometric grid will be glazed in places to keep out the rain and lined with wood on the inside.

The studio designed the station to respond to Tulum’s climate. The town is on the Yucatan peninsula, which has a tropical climate characterized by high temperatures, humidity, and a rainy season.

“To deal with this extreme weather, we envisaged a large open lattice roof, glazed in strategic locations, enabling public semi-open spaces that function without mechanical ventilation,” said studio founders Rolando Rodriguez-Leal and Natalia Wrzask.

Aerial view render of train station planned for Mexico
The roof will be made of steel and concrete with some areas of glazing

Smaller openings in areas that receive the midday sun are worked into the roof’s pattern, which is designed to create shady spots and allow sea breezes to waft through the station.

The roof is highest in the middle to accommodate a second level of shops and restaurants on a mezzanine level over the railway lines and platforms.

Curving roof over a railway station planned for Mexico
The roof ends will frame the trains entering and exiting the station

It raises at both ends to create a dramatic entrance and exit for trains and dips down again on either side.

“The motifs on both outer and inner sides are reminiscent of Mayan traditional geometrical patterns,” explained Aidia Studio.

Interior render of train station by Aidia Studio
The latticed roof will allow sunlight and breezes into the station

Tulum is famous for its Mayan ruins and pristine Caribbean coastline, which has made it an increasingly popular travel destination.

Aidia Studio said they were keen to ensure the station took up as little space as possible in the landscape.


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