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London Architecture Fest: Elizabeth Tube Line

The designs for the planned tube line get an early preview at the London Festival of Architecture.

May 21, 2016 | By Staff Writer

Mixing together convenience and high quality design, the new Elizabeth Tube line coming up in London will link together 40 stations, and feature 10 brand new stations each with distinct designs. The pictures of the new stations were released by Crossrail as a sneak peek at the London Festival of Architecture, and are on display now at the Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA).

Spanning across 42-kilometres, each station are “conceived by different architects and each will reflect the environment and heritage of the local area” Crossrail noted in a statement. All of the designs aim to be tasteful, modern, integrated, sustainable, and secure – splitting between mined and box-shaped underground stations. They’re also meant to be instantly recognizable so that passengers can get a sense of familiarity and direction when they commute.

For example, the new Paddington station will be a modern take on a Victorian icon, and will also have a 120-meter long canopy with art by American artist Spencer Finch. Farringdon station will be inspired by the district’s historic craft industry of goldsmiths, watchmakers, ironmongers and blacksmiths. Tottenham Court Road will become a station of black and white glass and stainless steel contrasts with Turner Prize-winning artwork.

With these new designs underway, those Londoners interested in what’s going to take place can head over to the free exhibition at the RIBA running until June 14. You can also see the details on Crossrail’s website.

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