Bekkestua station. The platform.

Bekkestua station. The platform.

The station connects the pedestrian- and bicycle routes through the new Bekkestua centre with car- and bus traffic, tramways and the train below.

Thin Lexan sheets are fixed to the outside of the structure.

The suspended timber structure gives weather protection to the ramp as well as the platform below.

Detailing and materials are kept simple. –The structure is the core of the architecture, says Arne Henriksen.


Bekkestua is a central public transport node in the suburban municipality of Bærum outside Oslo, connecting bus, tramway and metro routes. The former village has been developed in recent years with housing and new commerce, and is now a small town. The station is centrally located, and a main task was to achieve maximum connectivity from surrounding roads and pedestrian infrastructure.

From the central square, stairs and a ramp lead down to the platform, while a ramp and elevator also connect up to the bus- and taxi stops. Another ramp and stair further east connects to the pedestrian- and cycle lanes.

The roof above the platform follows these movements of people along stairs and ramps. The structure is based on a simple geometry with laminated timber beams laid on a central steel structure. Thin Lexan sheets give weather protection. The ramps and stairs are in in-situ concrete, supported by a V-shaped column.