The subway station below Dortmund main station is considered the central “gateway” for public transport in Dortmund. It was meant to be redesigned, as the task of a 2011 competition said, according to its importance for the European transport hub Dortmund Hauptbahnhof.
The planning team, consisting of KZA and the Essen lighting designer start.design, was honored with second place. The jury praised the Essen draft as a clear concept of squares and streets, which was strengthened by the lighting concept. A special feature of the project are the LED backlit glass walls, which extend over two floors.