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Re-designed Toronto subway station unveiled

The Toronto Transit Commission has unveiled the dramatic redesign of the Museum Subway Station, by Toronto-based Diamond and Schmitt Architects. On the TTC’s University Subway Line, the new Museum Station re-imagines the subway platform as a hypostyle Hall supported by archeologically inspired columns.

Based on artefacts from the Royal Ontario Museum and the Gardiner Museum, five column designs are repeated throughout the station’s platform representing Canada’s First Nations (“The Wuikinuxv First Nation Bear House Post”), Ancient Egypt (“The Osiris Pilaster”), Mexico’s Toltec Culture (“The Toltec Warrior”), China’s traditional culture (“The Forbidden City Columns”) and Ancient Greece (“The Doric Columns”). Updated ceiling lighting and a new monolithic wall finish create a contemporary backdrop for the column designs.

Diamond and Schmitt Architects also worked with the TTC to streamline the way-finding and other signage in the 45-year-old station. This includes the re-design of the station’s Designated Waiting Areas, and benches throughout the station. A dropped ceiling above the platform was removed giving a greater sense of volume to the space and new lighting fixtures accentuate the new architectural features.

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