Commuter infrastructure doesn’t have to be boring—take this futuristic new metro station in Taipei as an example. Designed by local architecture firm J.J. Pan & Partners, the Dingpu MRT station looks more like a galactic ship than the subway stations we’re used to. Built with sweeping curved lines and modern materials, the station is topped with energy-saving reflective solar tubes and programmable LED light fixtures that give the project a contemporary and eco-friendly edge.
The design concept for the Dingpu MRT station stems from Tucheng District’s transition from an early industrial coal town into a major technological center. The curved lines found throughout the station are arced to look like the letter ‘C’ in reference to carbon, which according to the architects “implies the revolutionary progress from coal mines to high-tech carbon nanotubes.” The curved lines extend from interior—visible on the floors and ceiling—to the aboveground steel spiral tube structure at exit “B.”
Unlike most subway stations, the Dingpu MRT station is illuminated with natural light captured through solar tubes and transmitted to underground light fixtures that symbolize light waves, halos, and radiancy. Programmable colorful LEDs line the station walls, which are also covered in white tung blossoms representative of the region. The station opened last year.