Museum Subway Station Toronto Building

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Museum Subway Station Toronto

Building on Line 1 Yonge–University, Ontario, Canada – design by Diamond Schmitt Architects

28 Jun 2018

Museum Station Toronto

Design: Diamond Schmitt Architects

Location: Toronto, ON M5S 2C5, Canada

Museum Subway Station Toronto Building

TEN YEARS OF TIME TRAVEL IN THE TORONTO SUBWAY

It has been a decade since Diamond Schmitt Architects transformed the quotidian into a time travel experience on the Toronto subway at Museum station. To celebrate the rich collections of the Royal Ontario Museum as well as to engage the public, a sequence of archeologically inspired columns lines the platform like so many commuters waiting for their train.

TTC Bear Post and Sign:
Museum Subway Station Toronto
photo : Elizabeth Gyde

Based on artifacts from the Royal Ontario Museum and the Gardiner Museum, which are directly above the station, these iconic symbols of Canada’s First Nations, Ancient Egypt, China’s traditional culture, Mexico’s Toltec culture and Ancient Greece also represent load-bearing artifacts from their era, lending authenticity to their role of ‘supporting’ the train station’s ceiling.

Museum Station Toronto building interior
photo : Tom Arban Photography

The Museum is acknowledging the first decade of this re-imagination of what a subway station can be in a feature article in ROM Magazine. Read the fully illustrated article, ‘ Art on the Tracks: The story behind the sculptures at Museum subway station‘.

Museum Station Toronto building interior
photo : Tom Arban Photography

The renewal of the 45-year-old station included updated way-finding, lighting, custom seating and a wall finish with hieroglyph inscriptions embedded in metal panels to create a contemporary backdrop for the signature column display. “The robust station design helps to orient subway riders by providing visual clues about activities above ground,” said Gary McCluskie, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects.

Museum Station Toronto building interior
photo : Tom Arban Photography

The subway station design received international recognition in 2014, being named among “The world’s most beautiful metro stations,” by The Guardian newspaper in the UK:

Beautiful metro stations

Diamond Schmitt Architects has offices in Toronto, Vancouver and New York City. Current projects include the soon-to-open York Region bus terminal at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre; the new home for the Senate of Canada in Ottawa; a new campus for York University in Markham, Ontario.

Museum Subway Station:
Museum Subway Station in Toronto
photo : Elizabeth Gyde

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Diamond Schmitt Architects

Location: Museum Station, Toronto, Ontario, Canada




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