Renovation Station Bergweg Rotterdam From train station with horse stable to restaurant

Sybold van Ravesteyn builds, or better rebuilds, Station Bergweg on the Hofplein line between 1958 and 1960. According to his biographer Kees Rouw station Bergweg:   


"By far the most extravagant" of its Rotterdam railway stations, "a cuckoo pup. Due to the strongly graphic white facade with round, rectangular and trapezoidal façade openings, Bergweg station looks like an abstract sculpture in white plaster, travertine, glass and white building ceramics. "


There was already a simple platform on this spot with a canopy and ... under the railway a horse stable, where the travelers could store their horses, while they drove on with the electric train. Van Ravesteyn fiddles and kneads Bergweg Station, underneath and in the existing track and the platforms. The station will be operational until 2006, but the decay has already been there for a long time. Attempts are made from the neighborhood, with children's drawings on tiles, extra surveillance, to do something about it, but eventually the station closes in 2006. While the train continues to drive until 2010, it no longer stops at Station Bergweg, which is boarded up slowly deteriorated further.  The office of Jasper de Haan Architects have been located at Voorburgstraat 213 since 1997, three arches away from the station. Around 2001 they are starting to develop plans for the Hofplein line and its stations, because it was already clear that in the long run the train would no longer run over it and you could do something different with the highline. In 2014, Jasper de Haan, together with Jager Jansen, founded the Hofbogen Ondernemersvereniging, the HOV. The aim of this is to purchase the viaduct and the roof together with all tenants of the Hofplein line to jointly develop the follow-up as a co-operative. Unfortunately that didn’t work. The housing corporations remain the owners. However, Jasper de Haan architects together with Jager Jansen makes a design for the renovation of Station Bergweg.


The starting point of the renovation is to largely bring back the original exterior of the station. For this, the façade, pentice and original windows and frames are restored to their original state, material and detailing. Including the lighting in the pentice and the aluminum edge finishing, the flagpole (which unfortunately is not there yet), the natural stone and the original colors. On the inside, the interior, which is hardly present, is removed. The stairs to the platforms are retained, with the western staircase, which is part of the heritage, preserved in its existing state with ceramic covering. The eastern, the van Ravesteyn, staircase, which in the 80's by the NS in the then corporate identity has been changed by the user at his own discretion differently. The stairs themselves and between platforms are retained. The original "display case" in the North façade is also restored to its former glory. Just like the bricked-up round window on the platform of the west staircase. The original glass seal of the Abri on the platform, including the original planters, are also being restored to their former glory. At the same time, the original concrete structure from arch 3 to 7 is completely renovated and restored. Just like the roof, platforms and rail box, where a terrace can very well be made. 


Our advice to also include the other side of the Bergweg in this restoration has also been followed up. The existing facades and the existing masonry on the Voorburgstraat are being demolished for concrete repair. Instead of this, fronts with vertical steel slender profiles will be replaced. A five-part division has been thought for this that gives a certain refinement and allure to the new interpretation. By emphasizing the verticality, the contrast with the more horizontal character of the station building, for which an electric locomotive stood model for , is increased. Emphasizing the height of the spaces under the platform on the Voorburgstraat helps to achieve this. The rhythm of the arches remains visible through the fronts. The entrance doors are symmetrically recessed in the front, with a horizontal bar above them for advertising. This subtly connects the typical horizontal edge of the pentice. The colors of the frames turn gray to anthracite, matched with the color white of the station and the color of the renovated concrete columns and beams.  On the platform on the west side, a new greenhouse / winter garden over the existing stairwell, the materialization and detailing of which connects with that of the fronts in the Voorburgstraat. 
This project was nominated for the Rotterdam Architecture Prize in 2016 and became second in the public award, just behind the OMA City Office