This two-way connection between the city and Europe also adds an extra dimension to the station and its surroundings. The new station is not only larger, brighter and more orderly than the former, but also has an international feel; it beautifully complements both the efficiency of the high speed stop and the Rotterdam city’s bold ambitions for urban development and renewal. The new Rotterdam Central Station is particularly well laid-out. This is achieved by adhering to a single guiding principle – trains and all station facilities and amenities had to be under one roof. The result is a pleasant, open and transparent public transportation hub that has become a meeting place for passengers and Rotterdam's residents alike.