Aidia Studio Designs Stunning Train Station For Tulum Featuring A Sweeping Latticed Roof Inspired by Ancient Mayan Architecture


The Mexican-English architecture firm Aidia has envisioned a gorgeous train station for Tulum that is covered by a massive sloping eyeball-shaped roof featuring lattice-work based on ancient Mayan construction methods. The unique shape of the station that is built on the Tren Maya railway line in Mexico brings the sea air in but keeps the rain out. It is designed to respond to Tulum's climate. The project will break ground in January 2022 and its construction is slated to be complete in June 2023. Read more about the project below at SURFACES REPORTER (SR): 

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Ancient Maya utilized stone in an indigenous way more than a thousand years ago and still, the creative designs of that time have been used with a fresh approach today. Following the same ancient Maya building methods, Aidia Studio conceptualized a new station to service the Yucatán town of Tulum on a 950-mile (1,525 -kilometer) Mexican railway line, which connects Palenque, another famous Mayan city, with Cancun.


Open Lattice Roof Designed To Respond To Tulum’s Climate

The architecture studio modelled the railway station as per the Tulum's climate.

tulum-station“The climate in the Yucatan peninsula is tropical with rain and high humidity in the summer, 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,” wrote the designers on the project site,” said studio founders Rolando Rodriguez-Leal and Natalia Wrzask.

tulum-stationThe roof of the train station features a perforated roof made from structural steel and glass-reinforced concrete panels. The geometric grid will be glazed in some places and fitted with polished hardwoods on the inside to keep out the rain and allow sea air to waft through the station.

tulum-station“The aerodynamic geometry of the roof sucks the ocean breeze in and funnels it through the station,” quoted the studio. 

Filtered Sunlight Creates Geometric Patterns on The Floors and Walls

Smaller openings in the room receive daylight projects complex geometric patterns on the floors and walls of the station. “A play of lights and shadows traveling throughout the space and evoking different sensations on the users,” the design team added. 

tulum-stationThe steel and concrete roof is highest in the center to house various retail shops and restaurants on a mezzanine level over the railway lines and platforms.

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Sustainable Project with Low-Carbon Footprint

The railway station design adheres to green standards and minimizes its carbon footprint. Surrounded by lush green foliage, the project uses best-known and earthy elements such as limestone of Mayan architecture.


``The motifs on both outer and inner sides are reminiscent of Mayan traditional geometric patterns," explained Aidia Studio.


The studio attempts to reinterpret the Mayan building techniques in a contemporary way. 

Project Details

Architecture Firm: Aidia Studio
Lead Architects: Rolando Rodriguez-Leal & Natalia Wrzask
Design Team: Mariano González Silva, Emilio Vásquez Hoppenstedt, Rodrigo Wulf Sánchez
Client: Fonatur Tren Maya

About the Firm

AIDIASTUDIO is an award-winning architecture and design agency founded by Rolando Rodriguez-Leal and Natalia Wrzask. Natalia and Rolando met in London in 2005 while working for Foster + Partners. In subsequent years they also collaborated with Rafael Viñoly Architects, Zaha Hadid Architects and with Ateliers Jean Nouvel which adds up to more than 25 years of experience in the best architecture studios in the world.

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