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25 Mar 2019

Metro Oostlijn

Architects: GROUP A

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Metro Oostlijn in Amsterdam

Architectural studio GROUP A has recently completed renovating the Metro Oostlijn (East bound Line) of the Amsterdam Metro. The project includes 5 underground and 11 above ground stations. The Oostlijn runs from the Central Station to Amsterdam Zuidoost, partially underground and partially elevated above ground. It was built in the seventies in a signature brutalist style.

Metro Oostlijn in Amsterdam

Metro Oostlijn in Amsterdam

Over the years, the clarity of the original architecture had become muddled. The line’s identity faded because of subsequent modifications. Passengers complained of a lack of safety, comfort and overall smudginess. The metro operator was in desperate need of a clear strategy regarding wayfinding, advertisement, ticket vending and commercial signage. Escape routes were too narrow and a proper smoke exhaust was lacking. In short, the stations were no longer equipped to face the future.

Metro Oostlijn in Amsterdam

GROUP A developed a design vision, based on enhancing social security, comfort and identity. Their aim was to create a modern metro system which functions adequately, is comprehensibly organised, and pleasant to use. The architects proposed to achieve this without denying the brutalist DNA of the metro line or even demolish it. But instead build upon it.

Metro Oostlijn in Amsterdam

All 16 stations are different, so GROUP A first evolved the design vision into a Generic Design. This consisted of a set of general site unspecific design interventions, of which the most important are:

Metro Oostlijn in Amsterdam

Transparency
GROUP A added transparency to the stations by creating large voids near the entrances. This creates overview between different levels and enlarges the passengers’ feeling of safety. It also brings daylight deeper into the station halls which allows for natural orientation.

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Clusters
All wayfinding, advertisement and ticket vending elements are clustered on central locations, well lit and instantly visible. The clusters are based on a modular design – easy to maintain and accommodate future changes.

Metro Oostlijn in Amsterdam

Metro Oostlijn in Amsterdam

Clean Floor
The clusters are integrated into the walls, to keep the floors clean at all cost

Metro Oostlijn in Amsterdam

Indirect Lighting
Wall and ceiling directed spots emphasize the spatial qualities of the original stations. For the above ground stations, with very high concrete ceilings, the architects designed a lightline with light spots, cameras and speakers integrated.

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Colour
Starting from a monochromatic basis, the colour was used strategically. Apart from the wayfinding, colour is used solely to emphasize points in space that require the passengers’ attention: entrances, ticket vending, information and vertical connections.

Metro Oostlijn in Amsterdam

New materials
In contrast to the original concrete surfaces, GROUP A added new materials like glass, hardwood and glazed tiles. Rich materials that are easy to clean and appeal to a sense of comfort.

Metro Oostlijn in Amsterdam

Identity
Patterns and stations names were designed in the modular system of the wall tiles to create an Oostlijn specific “alphabet”. This graphical layer binds and strengthens the Oostlijn’s overall identity.

The project was carried out with limited budget and without interrupting daily commuter traffic. After almost ten years of hard work, the Oostlijn has now once more become a functional, comprehensible, and pleasant addition to public space in Amsterdam. A good basis for the next 30 years.

Metro Oostlijn in Amsterdam

Metro Oostlijn, Amsterdam – Building Information

Design: GROUP A

Client: Metro en Tram Amsterdam
Assignment: Renovation 16 metro stations Oostlijn
Location: Metro Oostlijn, Amsterdam, NL
Area: 16 stations
Function: Metro stations and retail
Start design: May 2009
Start construction: April 2016
Completed: December 2018
In collaboration with Fabrique
In collaboration with Atelier René Knip

Metro Oostlijn in Amsterdam

Metro Oostlijn in Amsterdam

Photography © DigiDaan

Metro Oostlijn in Amsterdam images / information received 250319 from v2com newswire

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands




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