Mad Architects Train Station in Jiaxing in China
Mad Architects train station located in a forest in Jiaxing in eastern China is due to be completed by July 2021. Construction on the 35 hectare project in central Jiaxing began in 2019, and includes two plazas and a renovation of the adjacent People’s Park. The Beijing-based firm’s design includes a full-scale replica of Jiaxing’s historic 1907 train station, reconstructed from archival studies, with a new station built underground. A borderless park with a canopy of trees will surround the station, offering shade for the plazas. Sunken courtyards will link the underground commercial space with the parkland above, creating public and event spaces. When completed, the old station building will become the Jiaxing Railway History Museum.
The train station is situated in the center of Jiaxing, an interconnected city in southeast China close to Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Suzhou. A key city for several major industries, Jiaxing is referred to as the “home of silk” and the “land of milk and honey.” In 1921, the First Party Congress of the Communist Party of China was held in Jiaxing, which led to the founding of the Party.