A Peek Behind a Curtain - Shermetevskaya Metro Station
Moscow of 21st century is faced with an urgent transportation problem and the most effective solution for the city is the development of an underground transportation system as the
majority of citizens in Moscow use the metro as their main mode of transportation every day.
The Moscow government and urban planners have decided to create access to the metro from each Moscow district. A new circle line is the main metro project to be completed by 2020, that will reduce travel time to a minimum and help locals save time. Another important aspect for the Moscow metro is the preservation of «The most beautiful metro in the world».
Our aim was to design a building that would, in a minimalist and classic way, fit in the middle of the surroundings. Highlighted the entrance area with a canopy, supported by two square slim columns. This meeting area provides protection from the rain, snow and sun. The entrance area design is in glass to show the interiors to the passengers. In the middle of the entrance and exit we’ve proposed a marble wall with a game of 3D letters.
We’ve kept the glass walls to make the pavilion transparent and keep the views of the greenery from both inside/outside. We want to keep passengers in the greenery and natural atmosphere as much as possible, even when they are inside the pavilion , main hall.
Main platform -
The main scene
An area where the passengers find themselves like an artist in a scene, where they will see a “Theater curtain” and the back stage. We’ve kept the white light design, using white marble for a curved marble wall and a simple grey mix of granite flooring in different sizes. We’ve highlighted the “theater curved wall” by lighted it from above, to underline it and remind us as much as possible of a “textile” material.
We’ve added decorative educational elements located in arches. The walls in the arches we’ve designed using pixel print on the marble, that will show famous people connected with Russian theater history, from Nikolay Shermietiev, Raikin Arkadi and many others. We use these pictures as another navigational element to meet - "next to Shermietiev’s photo, or Rakin’s face".
The main vestibule –
Passengers entering this area will find themselves in a warm, lighted space, where they can easily find a way. In the middle of the area we’ve place a skylight that will allow sunlight into the interior. It will provide a feeling of the outside for passengers on the escalators. The light will subtly change with the time of day and season. We want to maintain this as a theatrical game between the natural light and interior.
The main wall is covered with a “theater wave curtain” that will give the passengers a taste of what to expect inside and in the subsequent parts of the station. Glass partitions will provide maximum visibility of both outside and inside.
Side Platforms and Escalator area
70 m. deep underground
Following the idea of our main platform we used a similar concept on side ones. The curve curtain wall welcomes passengers to our station.
The arch decorative elements show famous artists. The wall in train area we created as a base for the theater – we’ve used black metallic panels, where we’ve placed on it a strong motto message :
“The theater is the type of art with which one can say a lot.” N.V. Gogol. We want our passengers to have a few moments to themselves while waiting for the next train.
We are going down into a white, smoothly-blended space of both daylight and night. Here we keep the easy materials and colors so as not to disturb the passengers and their safety going down a long, nearly 70m escalator trip.
The passages –
The passages to the main platform in the escalators part of the metro station we’ve kept straight and simple with a clear navigation system.
We see this part of the station as a “theater lobby area – backstage ”. Our passengers will have the same feeling as artists who are getting themselves ready before they go on stage.
In the “lobbies” area we have placed an art object – a multimedia circle, a “game of shadows,” with a pantomime effect. When the passengers pass by, the 3D installation will follow their shadow, changing all the time.
A “red carpet” dedicated to stars and “green carpet” dedicated to park will help with station navigation system.