UN Studio drew upon three distinct lines of design to create different environments and performative qualities. The overall configuration of the project is based on triangular base forms, and the massing and geometry adapts and transforms to provide optimal connections between the interior spaces and urban infrastructure. The system can also adapt to different scales within the Metro Network.
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Varying scales of identity (network identity, line identity and station identity) were developed through a set of design guidelines, architectural details and material outlines. The traditional ornamentation and material palette used in the interior spaces reflects the local culture. These elements are complimented by subtle lighting and large windows that fill the interiors with daylight. The project reflects Qatar’s rail brand by introducing vaults that mimic the nomadic tents traditionally found in the region.
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"The geometry adapts and transforms to provide optimal connection between the interior spaces and urban infrastructure." How so? Did I not just see a picture of a metro station standing in the middle of an obligatory plaza fancifully filled with pedestrians despite being nowhere near any urban density that would pressurize the masses into it? Most of the wealthy on the Arabian peninsula are automobile-centric, thus they'll pass right through the plaza and it will become nothing more than a momentary annoyance on the way to the station- I am to assume that the target audiences depicted in the renderings are supposed to be the wealthy, considering that they're mostly slick businessmen conducting sweet deals with Wahhabi dudes. The triangular geometry seems futuristic by virtue of "being really neat," but it forces itself to require setbacks and (destined to be unused) plazas, considering that buildings that conspire to make an urban space are overwhelmingly rectangular. I think this architectural form pays lip-service to the local architectural history, but only to validate cheaply-replicated modernist shortcuts. The reference to intricate Islamic geometric design of the glory-days is appreciable in the gratings on the interior, but in this incarnation, they are such a throwaway embellishment that the lack of passion, artistry, and human dedication is glaringly obvious. All this adds up to a space which is designed to be thrown away.