Metro Station Passage at Vanke Wonderland by TOMO DESIGN

Metro Station Passage at Vanke Wonderland

Located in Hangzhou Future Sci-Tech City, Wonderland is a transit-oriented development (TOD) project constructed by Vanke Hangzhou and Hangzhou Metro Group. Built above the depot of Wuchang Station of Metro Line 5, it’s a smart TOD community centered on the theme of “sky, intelligence and future”.

Apart from residential buildings, the Wonderland project also incorporates offices as well as commercial, public and cultural facilities to build a large TOD community with a total area of about 1.34 million square meters. The Entrance A Passage at Wuchang Station of Metro Line 5 is linked with Wonderland community. It is the first stop where visitors arrives at the community, and hence defines its first impression.

Compared with pure commercial spaces, this commercial street connecting with metro station requires unconventional design. Its design needs to not only consider commercial operation, but also ensure efficient, convenient transportation access. The space needs to integrate into the metro station as a part of it, and more importantly to act as a connecting point that represents the image of the Wonderland project.

Based on the positioning of the project, TOMO Design breaks the conventional design of metro station-based commercial spaces. Taking “a sense of future, interactivity and ecosystem” as key words, and adopting a leisurely, natural aesthetic ambience as well as a clear and efficient circulation strategy, the design team presents a new spatial mode that combines multiple functions including urban metro transportation, commercial street and signage system.

Sky Forest
When people stepping out of the metro ticket gate, what come into view are a large area of soft wood hue and warm light, which breaks the cool tone of common metro station spaces and highlights the relaxing, natural atmosphere of the Wonderland community that connects with the station. The signage words “THIS IS YOUR WONDERLAND” on the ground reminds people that a “forest” linking with the sky is about to unfold.

At the end of the passage, a beam of circular light from the sky falls down. The interplay of sunshine and tree shadows creates a “future forest” floating in the air. Based on the existing architectural structures, the round skylight is presented in the form of hourglass. Mirrored metal featuring a sense of technology wraps the side surfaces of the skylight, to reflect the sky and bring it into the space underneath.

The daylight and tree reflections seem to create a floating, moving “sky forest”. The skylight captures light and shadows, and records time like a sundial. Besides, the circular light strip echoing UFO and geometrical elements fitting into the space further strength the futurist feeling of the skylight area. Beneath the skylight are circular metallic seating, a customized futuristic lighting fixture, and an iconic robot art installation that represents Wonderland, together forming a scene that integrates nature, technology and future.

Like an urban park plaza, this area creates the first impression of Wonderland through relaxing and natural expressions. It provides an iconic venue where people can take a rest, wait for or interact with family members and friends. The skylight brings in natural light into the space, creating multi-sensory interaction between people and nature. Distinct paving materials on the floor subtly demarcate different areas, hence avoiding the interference between leisure and motion, and ensuring the efficiency of the metro station passage.

Capsule Commerce
Two-level stores are set on one side of the metro stage passage. The stores on the first floor feature protruding eaves, creating a relaxing atmosphere for the outside resting area. In addition, the stylish capsule-shaped light boxes and the transparent glass doors that reveal the warm lighting in the stores create eye-catchy visual effects.
The stores on the second floor are set back to leave space for outdoor seating area, so as to create an interactive commercial experience and a leisurely, dynamic commercial ambience.

The design helps attract passers-by to stop and consume in the stores, while not affecting the flow of passengers in the metro station. The commercial facilities can satisfy the consumption demands of some passengers on the way taking the metro. TOMO Design leaves enough passage space for fast motion, and also takes consideration into the varied needs of all users, which embodies people-friendly design concept.

The commercial area and the transportation passage are subtly demarcated through different paving materials, which naturally separate the flow of people with different needs. Besides, the meticulous detailing creates a relaxing, fashionable and open commercial environment to stimulate passers-by’s desire for consumption. The light boxes opposite to the stores incorporate advertisements, which strengthen the commercial atmosphere and meanwhile display metro transfer information along Line 5.

Signage System
The main metro station entrance, as a part of the Wonderland project, will need to satisfy a large number of people’s needs for motion, so its core design logic centers on convenient transportation. To better guide the human flow after the project is put into use, TOMO Design created an efficient, clear signage system formed by a series of unified elements.

At the entrance of the metro station passage, capsule-like light boxes as well as luminous arrow symbols form striking wayfinding signs. Those light boxes display varying metro information, and other information for the convenience of the citizens. In addition, the light boxes featuring a dot matrix not only convey information, but also generate a sense of technology and future. Light strips inserted under the handrails help guide people’s movement.

The varied paving material textures also indicate the circulation route. The prefabricated tactile pavings for the visually impaired are combined with the curves on the floor, revealing people-centric and subtle details. The large signage at the metro station’s ticket gate area employs dot matrix elements, with its luminous background and eye-catchy sign guiding passengers’ way to take the metro. The rich and meticulous details clearly and efficiently guide the human flow in the metro station. Source by TOMO DESIGN.

  • Location: Hangzhou, China
  • Architect: TOMO DESIGN
  • Interior Design: Uno Chan, Xiao Fei
  • Cooperative Design: Reed, Daniel, Asi, Jason
  • Decoration Design: Tin
  • Management team: Vanke Hangzhou
  • Client: Hangzhou Xishu Real Estate Co., Ltd.
  • Area: 2,000sqm
  • Year: 2022
  • Photographs: Free Will Photography, Courtesy of TOMO DESIGN