The competition winning proposal for the three metro stations of the second metro line at Wola district in Warsaw focuses on showing a clear connection between designed stations and the context of the surroundings. Designed by a collaboration between KiR Biuro Projektowe and a group of independent architects, one can interpret the stations as a specific indication and an invitation to interesting, though perhaps a bit forgotten places “on the surface” corresponding to the stations. The context of the place gave a separate, unique character to each of the stations. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The main differentiating elements are ceilings and colors . The identifying sign of each station in a literal way is an individually designed neon showing station name:
“Księcia Janusza” Station is located near former Gardens of Ulrich, established in 1805 ,where up until now some exceptional plant species are saved. The geometry of pillars and the ceiling is a synthetic paraphrase of a trees lane viewed from the level of a walking person. Sun rays dispersed by trees crowns became the inspiration for our lighting idea.
“Moczydło” Stadion is located close to open pools and ponds of Moczydło Park . What mainly inspired the design of the station were two natural elements: water and air. Deep blue color creates the impression of virtually endless space of the underwater world in which air bubbles are visible in the form of light circles.
“Wolska” Stadion is located in the immediate vicinity of an industrial district and former Kasprzaka plants, at its times well renowned for supplying the communist world with consumer electronics goods. The geometry and graphic of electronic components such us resistors and integrated circuits became a leit-motif of the design. We decided to have fun by transforming it from micro to macro scale, creating this way a recognizable sign of the station referring to the location.
Architects: KiR Biuro Projektowe (architects: Andrzej Ryba and Tomasz Kazimierski) and a group of independent architects: Łukasz Górzyński, Michał Tęskny, Tomasz Szeremeta, Justyna Omelko, Wojciech Pachocki, Barbara Górzyńska , Maciej Noszczak, Jacek Dudkiewicz. Location: Warsaw, Poland Collaborators: Paulina Sasinowska i Łukasz Styczeń Year: 2012