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OMA bags Hong Kong metro job

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Rem Koolhaas’ practice, OMA, has landed a job to design and build two new stations for the Hong Kong metro in China

Part of the city’s Railway Vision 2020 plan, the studio will also produce a new design strategy and branding for Hong Kong’s subway system.

OMA has been tasked with ‘rethinking all the elements of a station’, including the furniture, concourses, platforms and street-level connections.

David Gianotten, lead architect on the project, explained: ‘We are honoured to contribute to the identity of one of Hong Kong’s most important and efficient companies, as well as the overall identity of Hong Kong, through this project.

‘OMA’s history of research and its dedication to the development of the city will be crucial for our approach to the work.’

Hong Kong’s subway – called the MTR, or Mass Transit Railway – features 211.6 km of tracks and 150 stations. The first stations designed for Railway Vision 2020 will open before 2014.

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