China is home to the world's longest high speed rail network. It has already surpassed the combined in service track length of the rest of the world, with 20,000 km currently in service and another 16,000 km in construction or planning. The network has expanded rapidly since service commenced in April 2007. It is the world's most used high speed rail network with ridership nearing 900 million passengers in 2014. The high speed rail network has provided Chinese citizens unprecedented convenient, safe, reliable and inexpensive access to much of the country. Energy consumption and emissions have also been greatly reduced per capita compared to planes, older trains, and buses and cars.
The Shanghai-Nanjing Intercity High Speed Railway is a 301 km high speed rail line running between the cities of Shanghai and Nanjing. Service commenced in July 2010. Trains run at up to 350 km/h and can travel from Shanghai to Nanjing in 73 minutes. The Huishan Station is 1 of 21 stations serving the line. The station is located in the city of Wuxi, which is part of the eastern coastal province of Jiangsu. Wuxi is a major tourist destination and the new rail line has significantly reduced travel times from major cities. The station features a massive stainless steel clad roof that is supported by eight identical trusses, each cut at different points. Only four of the sixteen truss ends meet the ground.
Location: Wuxi, China
Gross Building Area: 7,000 m^2
Scope of Service: Schematic design through construction documents
Client: Huishan Station Management Committee
Architect: Kris Yao | Artech (Shanghai, China)