Huai’an is located at the intersection of the ancient Huai River and the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. Historically, it is known as the “four metropolises” along the canal along with Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Yangzhou, and is known as the “Canal Capital of China”. Huai’an East Railway Station Comprehensive Passenger Transport Hub is located on the east side of the high-speed railway in Huai’an Eco-cultural Tourism Zone. It is a comprehensive transportation hub integrating bus passenger stations, bus rail hubs, and underground shopping streets.
▼汽车站建筑近景，Close view of bus station building ©鲁飞
The architectural design of the project relies on the canal culture of Huai’an city, combined with its history as the hometown of Premier Zhou Enlai and draws inspiration from his character “Xiangyu” and his nickname “Daluan”. The overall architectural form is like a flying bird，conveying Huai’an’s urban spirit of “tolerating the world and rising Jianghuai”.
The interior design adheres to the principle of building interior integration, extends the design concept of “Daluan Xiangyu” and the canal cultural aesthetics to the interior, and strives to create a city window with Huai’an characteristics with simple and majestic design language, bringing convenient and comfortable space experience to passengers.
▼设计概念意向 Design inspiration ©CCDI卝智室内设计
East Bus Station
The East Bus Station is the second phase of the Huai’an East Station Comprehensive Passenger Transport Hub (Huai’an High-speed Railway Hub). The main building consists of three areas: the entrance distribution center, the waiting hall, and the free auxiliary office.
▼建筑体块分析图，Analysis chart ©CCDI卝智室内设计
There are two floors in the above ground space of the East Bus Station. The first floor provides passengers with ticket purchase and luggage hauling services. The interior design is based on the project’s traffic attributes and abandons complex decorations. The overall space of the east bus station is white and gray, with modern design techniques to create a simple, elegant and transparent environment experience for visitors.
▼淮安高铁汽车站正立面，Facade of Huai’an High-speed Railway Bus Station ©鲁飞
▼一层服务区，The first floor ©鲁飞
The waiting hall on the second floor is connected to the outdoor departure platform, where visitors can wait for the departure via vertical elevators and automatic walkways.
▼二层候车大厅，Waiting hall on the second floor ©鲁飞
The folded ceiling continues the architectural style characteristics into the interior, using the continuous rhombus like “feather of Luan’s wings” as the composition element, which echoes the irregular shape of the glass curtain wall of the building facade, forming a coherent and unified indoor and outdoor Overall style.
▼折面天花，The folded ceiling ©CCDI卝智室内设计
▼折面天花细部，Details of the folded ceiling ©鲁飞
The main materials used for the ceiling are stretched aluminum mesh and customized U-shaped aluminum panels. The semi-closed design can effectively hide the mechanical and electrical equipment while effectively ensuring the aesthetics of the space.
Consistent with the facade texture of the building, the glass roof of the automatic walkway follows the design vocabulary rich in Huai’an regional characteristics and integrates the cultural aesthetics of the canal. It looks like the sparkling water surface of the canal in the sun, giving people a visual freehand experience
▼自动步道，The automatic walkway ©鲁飞
Public transit rail hub
This area mainly includes two functional spaces: the underground bus rail hub and the ground transfer floor. The interior design is dominated by public transportation such as buses and trams. The simple and clear design vocabulary is used to effectively guide the passenger flow line of the station, so as to meet the demand of the distribution function of public transportation space.
▼地下公交轨道枢纽，The underground bus rail hub ©鲁飞
Since the main body of the bus rail hub is an underground space, how to ensure the daily lighting under the conditions of maximum energy saving and consumption has become the key focus of the space design: the top adopts the combination of entity and hollow ceiling, and uses the light transmission characteristics to fully introduce the outdoor natural light, which greatly reduces the consumption of artificial lighting, and echoes the green and environmental protection design concept.
▼自然光照亮空间，Natural light fills the space ©鲁飞
The ground conversion layer continues the simple color scheme of the overall project design, which is unified with the fresh and elegant style of the passenger terminal. At the same time, considering the dense crowds in the public space, the ground is made of non-slip and wear-resistant gray natural rock grindstone material, which not only helps to ensure the safety of passengers, but also provides convenience for the daily cleaning and maintenance of the station.
▼地面转换层，The ground conversion layer ©鲁飞
Underground shopping street
This area is the main passage to the subway, through which passengers can realize the continuous interchange of subway platform, underground shopping street and bus rail hub. On both sides of the passage, rich commercial display stores are reserved in combination with the traffic flow advantages of the traffic space. The interior design is from the comprehensive perspective of traffic and commerce to provide passengers with multi-functional space for stopping, dining and rest.
The top ceiling adopts zigzag white aluminum square-pass combination lines, giving the space an infinite sense of extension and maximizing visual guidance. The store facade adopts the form of whole glass instead of the wall, which provides more intuitive and flexible commercial display conditions for later business operations.
▼地下商街实景，Underground shopping street ©鲁飞
Huaian east station integrated passenger transport hub is the first passenger station project of CCDI Beijing interior design center. As a new window of Huaian’s external exhibition, it not only carries the important mission of evacuation traffic, but also is the city card of Huaian’s external publicity. As the designer of the project, we committed to creating a modern and comprehensive transportation space with high efficiency, convenience, comfort, and cultural characteristics of Huai’an.
项目设计 & 竣工时间：2018.11-2020.10
Project name: Interior Design of Huai’an East Railway Station Comprehensive Passenger Transport Hub
Interior design unit: CCDI Beijing Interior Design Center
Owner unit: Huaian High-tech Holding
Contact e-mail: GWdesign@yeah.net
Design & Completion Year: 2018.11-2020.10
Leader designer: Li Zhiyu
Team: Pu Yuzhen, Wang Huan, Wang Jun, Yang Yanling, Gong Lei
Project location: Huaian City, Jiangsu Province
Interior design area: The bus terminal is 4,715㎡, the bus rail hub is 28,818 ㎡, and the underground shopping street is 7414.6 ㎡.
Photo credits: Lu Fei
Materials: Aluminum mesh, terrazzo, aluminum plate