A new high-speed train complex in Bengbu is nearing completion, featuring a pair of mixed-use buildings and a 30,000-square-foot public plaza. Designed by Shanghai-based Verse Design, the two six-story buildings bracket an existing train station, which opened in 2011, and define the north and south sides of the new plaza.
Set seven miles east of the existing city in Anhui Province, the Bengbu South Railway Station and its adjacent buildings are seen by Bengbu officials as a catalyst for a new business district in the area. Trains on the Jinghu High Speed Railway now connect the new transit hub to Beijing 485 miles away and Shanghai 265 miles away with buses and taxis taking people to the center of Bengbu. A light-rail line will connect the high-speed train station to downtown when a second phase of construction is completed in a few years.