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New London Underground station designs give us glimpse of the future

Anyone who’s been to London will know that not all Underground stations are born equal…

Transport for London has offered us a glimpse of the tube stations of the future.

London Underground describes the new renders as a “revolutionary new design vision” that will eventually give customers “welcoming, comfortable and straightforward journeys”.

The so-called “blueprints” were co-designed with Studio Egret West. Check out the renders below:

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There are nine London Underground Station Design Idiom principles, each more inscrutable than the last:

  • Achieve balance across the network
  • Look beyond the Bostwick gates
  • Consider wholeness
  • Prioritise comfort for staff and customers
  • Delight and surprise
  • Use materials to create atmospheric spaces
  • Create ambience with lighting
  • Integrate products and services
  • Prepare for the future

“Our stations are important public spaces; for our customers to enjoy, our staff to work in and as a defining part of what makes London great,” says Gareth Powell, London Underground’s Director of Strategy & Service Development.

If you want to view renders as part of the ‘Transported by Design’ exhibition, they’re available to visit at ‘Platform’ behind Southwark Underground station on the second Friday and Saturday of each month in the first quarter of 2016, between 11am and 7pm. Right…

What do you make of the tube station of the future? Let us know in the comments.

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