Our Studio team are working on a series of underground metro stations in Chengdu in collaboration with our partners in Shenzhen, China.

This new generation of stations goes beyond functional and regulatory requirements to change people’s expectations of what metro stations can offer to visitors. The stations are designed to be memorable spaces that `provoke emotions`, not merely points of transit. Each station has a unique concept that explores and interprets in its form, texture and materials the local culture of the area in which it is located.

The project continues the first phase of 13 stations (illustrated) – the city of Chengdu’s first unmanned subway line in western China and the world’s first fully automated line in a city area that operates with high-capacity advanced trains – which were designed by our design director Reza Esmaeeli and opened in December.

“Chengdu Line 9 was the start of a fruitful collaboration that is ongoing. Working together with our Chinese partners, we are determined to keep China’s new generation of metro stations at the frontline of design in the world’s transportation sector”, Laurie Chetwood.