Role model all along the line – new underground stations for Copenhagen

There are 17 stations, 15 kilometres of tunnel and eight years of construction: The new Copenhagen metro line Cityringen has been opened and extends the existing metro network. Inspired by the environment, each access point was individually designed. Ceramic tiles were used for the façade design of seven underground stations.

As individually designed urban spaces, the station entrances present themselves in different colours and shapes. The user-oriented construction, designed by the renowned engineering firm Arup, is intended to make navigation easier for passengers and increase the quality of their stay through clear lines of sight and minimal signage. Almost 12 000 ceramic tiles in red, green, white and grey make a striking impact at the stations. Common to all the tiles is a glossy or silk-matt surface, which was created with a special application technique. During the firing process, a wave-like relief is formed in the glaze, which creates a lively surface depending on the viewing angle and reflection. Thanks to their easy maintenance, these ceramic tiles are ideal for construction projects of this kind.

Architect: Arup

Façade cladding: Moeding Keramikfassaden GmbH, Marklkofen

Photo: Anke Müllerklein

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