UNStudio designs sculptural, driverless metro stations for Doha

UNStudio has accomplished the very first 37 stations for Qatar Railways’ Doha Metro, one particular of the most superior and swiftest driverless metro units in the globe. With stage a single and 3 metro traces — Crimson, Inexperienced and Gold — now complete, citizens of Doha who earlier relied largely on cars now have entry to an economical and responsible community transit support that will grow in excess of time. To build a potent station identity for the new metro network and stimulate community transit practices, UNStudio tapped into urban layout concepts to switch the eye-catching stations into beautiful general public spaces rooted in Qatari architecture and lifestyle.

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In collaboration with the Qatar Rail Architecture Office, UNStudio has produced a eyesight for all stations in the new Doha Metro Community primarily based on an in depth established of layout guidelines, architectural specifics and product outlines as laid out in the recently designed ‘Architectural Branding Guide.’ The complete handbook gives a framework for the design of distinct station forms that reply to community contextual differences though integrating visually cohesive features shared across all stations, like wayfinding, passenger movement and daylight penetration. 

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metro station with angled roof and glass walls
metro station interior with patterned recessed lighting in the ceilings

The strategy design and style for all of the Doha Metro stations are rooted in the notion of Caravanserais, a sort of roadside inn for tourists (caravanners) traditionally frequent throughout the Center East, together with in Qatar. With spectacular vaulted ceilings, a prosperous mom-of-pearl result interior and uniquely Qatari ornamentation and substance palette, the Caravanserai-influenced stations strengthen Qatari identification even though encouraging social interaction inside of gorgeous community spaces.

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curving concrete metro station

“We are heading to transfer in different ways in the long run,” stated Ben van Berkel of UNStudio. “Mobility is shifting rapid, from the introduction of autonomous automobiles to urban cable cars and the Hyperloop. The mobility hubs of the future have to answer to and cater to these adjustments. In get to persuade the use of much more sustainable kinds of transport, these stations not only have to make certain easy passenger flows, but they want to certainly enchantment to the public to be places they want to check out and return to.”

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