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 May 28.2021


Chengdu’s newly opened metro lines is a must-see for anyone who enjoys traveling by rail. The futuristic stations are fully automated and built to run without the assistance of humans.  All of the line’s 13 stations were designed by Shenzhen firm Jiang & Associates Design (J&A) in collaboration with London-based studio Sepanta Design,  SOHOVita created the interiors, which feature complex sweeping geometries when BPS Electrical and Mechanical took care of the lighting.







The 22-kilometer fully automatic line has been under construction since 2016 as an extension to the existing Chengdu Metro system. Line 9 runs between the southeast and northwest of the capital of Sichuan Province and is China’s first unmanned metro line in the west. Instead of drivers, the new trains in Chengdu communicate with one another via the 5G mobile network.

Designed to provoke emotion among their visitors, the 13 stations feature fluid forms and cellular patterns informed by the local tradition of silk weaving as well as the flora and fauna found in surrounding parks. Reza Esmaeeli, the founder of Sepanta Design, said, “Our key goal in the design of Chengdu Metro Stations was to evoke emotions.” “There are a few metro stations that do that around the world, but not many. Central Moscow metro stations are an excellent example of how to take design to the next level and go beyond functional and regulatory criteria. Chengdu Metro Stations would be more than just a means of transportation. They are memorable spaces in which passengers will experience an imaginative and futuristic manifestation of their own culture.”







The designers used new and futuristic materials to express the texture of local culture. J&A Designers and Sepanta Design, in particular, claim they were influenced by traditional Sichuan silk embroidery and that they were inspired by traditional embroidery made of Sichuan silk. The weaving and continuity of lines of silk are represented in thin structural members designed with the same dynamic movements. This common theme can be found throughout all of the line’s 13 underground stations.







Despite the fact that all of the stations reflect Chendu’s bright future, each is modeled as a slightly different version of either function or artistic stations. The key color highlighted in columns and wall panels serves as a simple differentiation between stations, allowing daily commuters to identify the stations they frequent.





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