Tokyo Metro has announced a two-stage open international competition to overhaul three stations on its Ginza Line
The contest seeks ‘unique and practical’ proposals to improve the passenger experience at Aoyama-itchome (pictured), Gaien-Mae and Omote-sando stations.
The project is part of an ongoing regeneration of the historic Ginza Line which will see the three stations transformed and rebranded as a new ‘Trend Area’ intended to boost tourism.
According to the brief: ‘The Trend Area will be where new trends are always being created, attracting many foreign tourists and early adopters.
‘We would like you all to propose a station design and favourable user experience which is forward-looking and anticipates the future beyond 2020 – so that the very experience of using the Tokyo Metro could turn into a trend.’
Thought to be the most populous metropolitan area in the world, Tokyo hosts one of the oldest metro systems in Asia and all but 6 of the 51 busiest train stations on the planet. Tokyo’s metro network had an average daily ridership of 6.84 million passengers in 2014.
Located in central south west Tokyo – the three stations all serve major tourist attractions including Meiji shrine, Meiji Jingu park, Yoyogi Park, the State Guesthouse and the historic Akasaka Palace.
Dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, the Meiji shrine is located inside Meiji Jingu park which hosted Tokyo Design Week and is also home to the TEPIA Technology Museum.
Other nearby landmarks include the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium which is now being built to designs by Kengo Kuma after competition-winning proposals by Zaha Hadid Architects were abandoned.
First opened in 1927, the ageing Ginza Line is undergoing a programme of renewal and modernisation ahead of its 90th anniversary next year.
As part of the programme new platforms and ticket gates will be installed at Aoyama-itchome, Gaien-Mae, Omote-sando stations. A new multi-level entrance will furthermore be delivered at Aoyama-itchome station and designs must improve connections between the other lines.
The project aims to boost awareness of each station’s history and promote new connections between passengers, society and Tokyo Metro which took over operation of the network when it was privatised 12 years ago.
Proposals should introduce new visual elements referencing the surrounding area which help create a sense of being aboveground when inside the stations.
Submissions will only be accepted by post or courier and should include one A2-sized board with an A4 registration form completed in either Japanese or English.
The winning team - set to be announced in March following a review of finalists in January - will take home a top prize of approximately £4,000.
Up to two design excellence awards worth around £2,400 and several honourable mentions of approximately £800 each will also be awarded.
The deadline for submissions is 5pm (JST/UTC+9) on 2 December.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Trend Area Station Design Competition Office
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