Walk this way: ZHA’s “next generation” Moscow metro station breaks new ground in way-finding

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has won a competition for its design of a new metro station in Moscow that has unique passenger way-finding techniques built right into the structure.

Columns are designed to act as arrows, adjusting in shape by degrees along the platform’s length to point to its centre.

Lines of light are built into floors and ceilings to point the way for passengers in a system designed with help from Arup Lighting.

Station lighting also changes to tell passengers when a train is coming.

Called Klenoviy Boulevard Station 2, it is planned for the city’s 70km Bolshaya Koltsevaya Line, at the intersection of Klenoviy Boulevard and Kolomenskaya Street.

ZHA said the way-finding techniques would "define the next generation" of stations for Moscow’s metro network.

It is expanding to accommodate a population that has grown by 3 million, to 12.5 million, in the last two decades.

This station will allow access into the city for the southern district of Nagatinsky Zaton, and links to the Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve, its 390ha park, and the Moscow River.

Images courtesy of ZHA

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