SOUTHEAST ASIA BUILDING03 Jan 2024
Innovative Concept Elevated Light Rail Transit Wins WAN Award 2023
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The innovative concept for an Elevated Light Rail Transit system (ELRT) in South-Korea, designed by architectural studio ZJA, Woosung D&C, C&SC, GS E&C, SIDstudio and Iv-infra commissioned by the South Korean Railroad Research Institute (KRRI) has won a prestigious international WAN Award 2023! The above-ground solution for the elevated light rail transit in a packed city environment, with less spatial impact than the traditional design won gold in the category ‘Future Transport.’

Design for a futureproof environment

Rob Torsing (architect-partner ZJA) syas: “ZJA, Woosung D&C, C&SC, GS E&C, SIDstudio and Iv-infra are greatly honoured with the WAN Award 2023 for our concept for the Elevated Light Rail Transit, commissioned by the South Korean Railroad Research Institute (KRRI). It is a recognition for an innovative solution that has the potential to have a big positive impact on the liveability of cities. Economically viable, elegant and sustainable. A design for a futureproof environment."

Innovative structural concept

The innovative structural concept of the Elevated Light Rail Transit makes a maximum span possible, while being extremely strong and dimensionally stable. The solution was found in a slim design with a limited construction height, based on the principle of the I-beam profile. 

The use of a central beam between the tracks, with flanges cantilevered outwards, makes it possible - even at places where the structure is around fifteen metres high - to extend the distance between columns to 200 metres without the need for extra stays or cables.

Elegant design and liveability

Strong, able to retain its shape and giving passengers a completely open view on one side, the design features transparency and spaciousness, reduces traffic congestion, and leaves room for pedestrians and green space. The network resembles a tendril and its light and animated volume winds across the metropolis at a great height. 

An asset to the city, and to the people who live, work and travel in it. Does this sound like a dream? A full-scale 40-metre sample and several scale models have already passed their first tests for stability, and for resistance to wind load and to earthquakes.