Back to the future: Two new metro stations on the Sokolnicheskaya Line will look like old railway stations

Back to the future: Two new metro stations on the Sokolnicheskaya Line will look like old railway stations
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Historical railway stations, like London-Waterloo Station, Pennsylvania Station in New York and Kievsky Railway Station in Moscow inspired Moscow architects to design these new metro stations.

Two new surface stations, Filatov Lug and Prokshino, will open on the Moscow Metro’s Sokolnicheskaya Line. The stations are in the southwestern part of the city near the Solntsevo–Butovo–Vidnoye Motorway.

The platforms of both stations will be covered, for passengers’ convenience. The station walls will be made of glass, for more sunshine all year. These projects were approved by the Committee for Architecture and Urban Development.

“The ceilings of the Prokshino and Filatov Lug stations will be almost 10 metres high. To compare, the average ceiling of a shallow-level station is not over five metres. These architectural proportions are used generally in the world for railway stations,” said Chief Architect of Moscow Sergei Kuznetsov.

He said the station’s architects were inspired by the railway stations built at the end of the 19th – beginning of the 20th century. They studied the London-Waterloo Station (1848), Pennsylvania Station in New York (1910) and Kievsky Railway Station in Moscow (1918). They are located in buildings with high vaulted ceilings and glass walls. For example, the train shed at Kievsky Railway Station is decorated with a large transparent overhead arch.

The platforms of the new metro stations will be decorated in off-whites and the exits and ticket-offices will be bright-red and yellow. The architects’ idea is that the play of light and bright colours will attract passengers’ attention and help them get their bearings in a crowd.

The upper entrance halls will be in the centre of the platforms, for passengers’ convenience. The Prokshino station will have two exits, to both sides of the Solntsevo–Butovo–Vidnoye Motorway and to a future residential area. The Filatov Lug station will have one exit to the village of the same name.

Most of the construction is to be completed soon. The stations will become part of an extension of the Sokolnicheskaya Line from the Salaryevo station towards Kommunarka. This section is about 11 kilometres long.  It will also include the Olkhovaya and Stolbovo stations, the design of which was previously approved by the Committee for Architecture and Urban Development. When the new section opens, Stolbovo will be the terminal station on the Red Line.