‘Metro Oostlijn’ is the main eastern subway line in Amsterdam, starting at Central Station. The line is partially underground and partially above ground. The brutalist design of the 16 Oostlijn stations dates back to the seventies, over years however, the original concept has become muddled en looked defensive with a lot of cameras and barbed wire.
The aim of the renovation was to create a contemporary appearance where travellers should feel more welcome. A space that is comprehensibly organized, pleasant to use and which is representative for Amsterdam.
Without denying the original character, the architect made the original rough-looking DNA of the seventies visible again. In combination with the addition of contrasting refined materials, a future-proof and comfortable subway line was created.
Our design philosophy was not to merely meet the standard lighting requirements, but to create a space that is pleasant to be in. Enhancing the qualities of the architectural setting, guiding the visitor in a pleasant way and creating a warm ambiance.
Unlike the standard subway lighting scheme which is usually quite uniform in light levels, we chose to use rich contrasts to create ambiance and support natural routing and orientation, alternatively lighting walls, floors or ceilings. A warm color of light is used to create a welcoming feeling. It enhances the colors of the specially designed wall tiles and original red architectural elements. Besides that, it softens the appearance of the brutalist rough concrete.
Through a close cooperation with the architect, the lighting design was fully integrated. As an example, to avoid clutter, lighting fixtures, speakers and cameras were combined into maintenance friendly ‘tubed elements’. Which resulted in clean, uplit walls and ceilings, giving space to the beautiful materials and architecture.
Even though some stations are underground and some above the ground, they all have a warm welcoming ambiance with a clear signature.
Architect : GROUP A
Contructor : Hegeman+
Installer : De Groot Installaties
Product design & Identity : Fabrique
Graphic Design tiles : Rene Knip
Lighting Design : Beersnielsen
Photograpy : Digidaan