London SE1 7ND
Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners
Best known for its
400-meter-long curved glass roof, Grimshaw's International Terminal at
Waterloo Station provides airport-quality accommodation for the London end
of the Eurostar trains services through the Channel Tunnel to Paris and
The length of the trains and the
curve of the five new tracks dedicated to the Eurostar service at the side
of the existing station determined the geometry of the new building,
including the distinctive roof.
Other elements of the building include a reinforced concrete box to
accommodate an underground car park and provide a foundation over the
Underground train lines, and a two-story viaduct supporting the Eurostar
platforms, which are reached by escalator from a subterranean 'departure
lounge'. The roof accounted for 10 percent of the overall budget.
In contrast to more recent
complex curved glass roofs, such as Grimshaw's own Eden
Project or Norman
Foster's British Museum courtyard, the Waterloo roof was designed to use
standard-size glass sheets, which overlap and use a concertina joint to
accommodate the dual curve of the roof-arch and the track.
Photographs Jay Berman 1998 (updated 2006)
How to visit
The International Terminal is at
the west end of the station concourse at Waterloo Station. Most of the
interior and platforms can be seen only with a ticket for travel on the
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