To coincide with a new exhibition on Crossrail station design at the Royal Institute of British Architects, the organisation have released a series of images showing the proposed internal designs of a number of the stations in the line’s core section.
We last explored what Crossrail’s stations were likely to look like back in 2011, when we visited the architect’s full mockup in a warehouse in Leighton Buzzard. Looking at the current set of designs, what’s interesting is that many of the design elements that appeared in that mockup have survived through to the final design stage.
Before exploring the new designs, however, we shall pause and look first at some far earlier mockups. Although not officially part of the set of images Crossrail have released, these can be found in the RIBA exhibition with a little bit of hunting. They give a glimpse both into the way Crossrail was envisioned in the past, and into the early stages of concept design on projects like this. Some of them are works of art in their own right.
These early designs are fascinating, serving as a reminder that station designs nearly always reflect, consciously or not, the period in which they are built.
Moving into the early mockups from the project’s current incarnation, it’s clear that warm colours were a key concept early on, something that has followed through into many of the final designs.
Moving on to the new station designs, it is clear that the overriding goal is to give passengers a relatively consistent experience at platform level whilst making ticket halls and surface spaces more unique. This was confirmed by Julian Robinson, Head of Architecture at Crossrail, at the RIBA launch event last night.
We’ve broken down all the images below by station.
Tottenham Court Road
Tottenham Court Road is described by Robinson as having a “jazzy feel” and elements reminiscent of drums. This is a conscious nod to its Soho surrounds.
Robinson describes Liverpool Street has having a “city pin stripe” effect.
We will explore the thinking behind these stations, and other aspects of Crossrail’s design, next month.