December 27, 2009

Fresh design of train stations

One of the things I admire about Switzerland is that basically any place people go, it’s clean. I wrote about that in an earlier posting. Train stations are no exception. They are very clean as well. I have noticed, however, that many train stations in Switzerland tend to more or less look the same and be somewhat grey and dull. Have a look, for example, at these 4 photos from Olten and Langenthal train stations:

Olten train station


Langenthal train station


Olten train station


Langenthal train station


To fix the somewhat dark look of train stations in Switzerland, I came to think about 4 ideas – not least inspired by this posting.

Idea # 1: How about adapting the design of respective train stations to various sites near the respective train station? Here’s an example from Museum Station in Toronto


Idea # 2: How about using fresh colours to make train stations attractive to look at? Below are a couple of examples: Train stations at Munich and Tokyo



Ideas # 3: What if companies, who make paint - or painters - painted the space between the rails at various train stations in bright colours?
In other words, what if the space between rail was, for example, blue, yellow, and/or green instead of grey? To get more inputs on this idea idea, have a look at this and this.

Idea # 4: How about inviting some of the numerous watch companies in Switzerland to sponsor clocks for various train stations across the country?
In this regard, it would be great to think in differentiation instead of standardization, i.e. work towards making train stations look different from another, for example by having local aspects stand out more. Thereby, people on the train may also find it more exciting to arrive at various train stations when driving through the country. More inputs here.
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