The Exterior Evokes an Image of the Waves of the Tsuruga Port
In anticipation for the 2023 spring expansion of Tsuruga Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen train line, the construction of the Tsuruga Shinkansen Station building, within Fukui Prefecture’s Tsuruga City, and its elevated bridge are proceeding at a gradual pace. As the construction cranes carry raw materials to its destinations, the large station building is beginning to show its full form.
According to the Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency (JRTT), the Shinkansen station building will be 300 meters long, and 35 meters tall, making it the largest station within Fukui Prefecture. The first floor will have platforms for the limited express trains, the second floor will be a concourse for transferring between the train lines, and the third floor will be the platform for the Shinkansen trains. On a national scale, it will a unique 3-story facility with transfers operating vertically. The Shinkansen station building and the station building for the other train lines will be connected with a passageway.
The joint venture is now working on the station pillars that will support the elevated bridge; it is currently past 60% completion. Starting next year, the venture will work hard on the construction of the station building’s exterior, interior, and the railway tracks. The exterior will carry the image of the glistening waves of the Tsuruga Port, while the train platform will be decorated to imitate the deck of a ship. The concourse is planned to have a design to evoke an image of a ship’s sail veering north.