Beijing’s futuristic new subway stations are straight out of Blade Runner

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Beijing-based Qing-X Architectural Studio has completed construction on a series of futuristic subway stations that look like they came straight out of a science fiction movie. Spiraling metal metal tunnels wrap the elevated platforms while providing plenty of daylight and natural ventilation. Architect Qi Ji Jun was inspired by the simple, yet functional form of a traditional scroll form: “The curved paper jerked at the two ends, seemed to be towed by the pen.” This concept is reflected in the tubular rail cladding of the platforms, which creates a sense of unity and movement throughout the multiple subway stations . The streamlined design is not only aesthetically pleasing, but functional; the two triangular corners that spiral out of the tunnel help augment the drivers’ field of vision. Related: China unveils train that travels on ‘virtual tracks’ Currently, the Fangshan line has 11 stations, with 9 aboveground tracks and 2 underground tracks. The stations consist of three stories, with the metal and glass-clad platforms located on the top open-air level. The overlapped roofs over the platforms contain a rain-screen ventilation gap, which pushes hot air up and outwards during the hot summer months. The area around the stations is surrounded by a verdant green belt with plenty of green space.

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Thomas Heatherwick Tapped to Design as Many as 20 Beijing Subway Stations

October 16, 2013 by  
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Beijing Subway photo from Shutterstock Beijing is planning to add 125 miles to its underground rail network – and the city just appointed Thomas Heatherwick  to design at least two brand new stations. If all goes well, the British designer could go on to design up to 20 stations, which is the equivalent of an entire metro line. Heatherwick is currently traveling with London Mayor Boris Johnson on a trade mission to China, and has still managed to find the time to bid for the development of two new stations on the London Underground. Read the rest of Thomas Heatherwick Tapped to Design as Many as 20 Beijing Subway Stations Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Beijing , Beijing Metro , Beijing Subway , Beijing Underground , Boris Johnson , Design , London Underground , Subway station , tfl , thomas heatherwick , Trade Mission        

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