Shermetevskaya Metro Station – Competition
area: 5000 м2
The project was developed by Blank Architects with my direct participation as a leading architect.
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 themajority 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.
The interior of the station is connected with the theme of theater: Count N.P. Sheremetyev, created the first Private Theater in Moscow, and this context is supported by the Theater Center by A. Raikin, located next to the station.
The main idea of the interior was the Scene Curtain. In the platform hall, we highlighted the curtain executed from marble, illuminating it from above, to create an association with 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 Raikin's face".