Moscow Metro


Seamless transitions from street to platform, realized through spatial interconnectedness, achieved by material continuity and ample natural and artificial lighting. White walls, ceilings and floors act as spatial reflectors, producing a soft diffused light calibrated by the natural or artificial light and modulating the experience of travel through the station.


Infused with natural light from the pavilions above, the polished stone walls, ceiling and floor of the street underpass flicker with subtle reflections, ensuring a sense of comfort, safety and seamless connection.

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The dark surfaces of the track area serve as a backdrop to the central function of the station, the arrival and departure of trains. White stone clad columns, ceilings and floors celebrate the double span structure of the station. The columns are rotated from orthogonal and a single light source traces the diagonal produced by this rotation and provides light that recalls the sparkle of the chandeliers of the historic Metro stations.


Client: Moscow Metro

Location: Moscow Russia

Competition: 2014

Architects: gh3


gh3 Team: Pat Hanson, Raymond Chow, DaeHee Kim, Joel Di Giacomo, Nicholas Callies, Andrew Lee, Louise Clavin