Fairy Tale - Strominka Metro Station
“Once upon a time…” These were the first words that came to our minds when we opened the competition brief. After visiting the site and delving into research on the surrounded areas we found the Stromianka and Sokolniki region to be a blend of various stories and breathtaking nature that smoothly changes from a “city park” to a wild forest.
We read about: The Sokolniki Story, the Romanov family story and how the Rurik family story begins, the legend of Tsar Ivan Grozny and the Shiryaevo pole, tales about love between a Prince and peasant girls, about the mysterious Moscow prince Ivan Krasivy’s death and finally about hunting in the wilds of Sokolniki park.
Main ideas –
services in metro
We want to have a metro station that teaches about the location’s story. Each of our graphic designs is the legend of Stromynka and Sokolniki park. Additionally, it will explain what kind of animals, types of greenery and ecosystems we can find in the nearby park. Our goal is for the legends and history of the park to linger in the minds of the visitor long after they have left. We want to entice passengers to come back and perhaps to open a book that will explain more about the nature in this area or Moscow’s legends.
In our opinion we see the Stromynka metro station as having a family atmosphere particularly because it will be extremely busy during the weekends and holidays. As it will be the closest entrance to the park we assume that each weekend many families with kids will be visiting Sokolniki Park. We would like to add services that will bring comfort to the whole family, such as comfortable openings to the public restrooms including drinking water fountain points, a waiting area with a WiFi connection, a shoe cleaning station, and an ATM. In addition, for those new tired young mothers there will be a baby lounge room that will include: a breastfeeding area, a children’s playground, a toilet for both parents and children, a place to heat up baby food, and a diaper-changing table.
We need to use navigation, that will be clear even to the youngest family member showing where the park exit is and where the city exit is. This will be reinforced through the use of our graphic design. Next to the exits will be a lost and found point – where if children should be separated from their parents they can easily go to find help.
We’ve approached the metro design using a classic style, keeping the main passage clear and comfortable, with proper lighting design, a solid granite floor and column covers. We have decided to keep things straightforward in order to remind all the passengers of the Rusakov Workers’ Club, that was designed by one of the most spectacular Russian architect’s Konstantin Melnikov. The shapes, colors, forms, and simplicity of the structure should all work harmony to draw everyone’s attention to his architectural piece that is a five-minute walk from the metro entrance.