The modernization in technology and infrastructure has reached inevitable heights. The idea behind the new era is to shape communities and align varied architecture of spaces to realize the universal and unique ideal of living conditions, economics, politics, culture, traditions, and social orders created and changed by different parts of the world and its inhabitants. 

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Today places converge in universality and homogeneity, become uniform, monotonous and placeless, which lack the inspiration for identity and unique experiences through modernization and globalization.

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The current scenario

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The term globalization is used to define the current contemporary phenomenon in the world in terms of economy, politics, ecology, and sociology. It is often used in conjunction with the terms: modernization, homogenization, and universalization; Nevertheless, the term remains a collective term for different meanings depending on the context and target group. This concept of globalization and modernization is understood as since the beginning of human existence due to the constant human struggle for progress. 

Advancing technology and changing environments are improving the quality of life in most parts of the world in one way or another. In a global village, the economic, social, and political arenas are interconnected and interdependent, providing opportunities and a platform for creating a unified environment standard of living around the world.

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Transitional space

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At a place of transition, such as the train station at which one leaves or arrives at home, or a foreign destination, experiences are important for the traveller. Because train stations take travellers from anywhere in the city to a specific destination, they are places of the first interactions and impressions of a destination as well as the last. It determines the mood and expectations of a place for the journey while at the exit, the participation by the train station reflects the destination of the city and acts as an encapsulation of the journey and experience of the place.

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Shenzhen Metro Changzhen Depot Complex

The Shenzhen Metro Changzhen Depot Complex Building is located in China. Shenzhen is a dynamic and innovative young city with a futuristic approach, and it has a strong spirit of innovation for the city’s future transportation and rail architecture to enhance the culture and spirit of this unique city. Interpreting the subway in Shenzhen is a necessary task. 

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The biggest challenge is that the design of the building has to blend in with the cultural architecture of the subway and the future of this growing city of Shenzhen. In addition, various location restrictions must be overcome.

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Design

The purpose of the design is to extract and interpret the culture of the metro under the requirements of the function, making the building an innovative reference point to enhance and demonstrate the cultural image of the Shenzhen metro. The design takes up the culture and the logo of the subway image as a design concept, underlines the characteristic image of the subway, and derives the linear, speed, and tandem properties of the subway in architectural forms and spaces. 

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The overall effect not only gives an elegant and dynamic visual impact but also plays a good role in the picture of the urban subway building. The architectural shape emphasizes the orderly beauty of the horizontal lines for a visually appealing effect, while the building’s facade with white aluminum panels and ultra-white glass curtain walls shows the speed of the subway and modern sense.

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Potentials 

Subway stations as more than just infrastructure but with the potential to serve as neighbourhood centres and vital physical elements in the city anticipate an organic relationship between the station and neighbourhood and explores the possibility of enlivening station programming by creating relationships between Subway stations and their urban/suburban, socio-cultural, economic, and physical context. 

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In the age of mass mobility, the station is called to accommodate more and more passengers who arrive, depart and even stay in the station area. Today it is more and more likely that the station will become a large complex in which more and more passengers from all destinations and areas of life will have to cross streets. The station has become a hub, a place of exchange between different modes of transport. It is now the scenario in which the challenges of “intermodality” involve many sectors: politics, economy, local and regional development, technology, corporate strategy, etc.

The Changing Order

To meet the changing mobility needs, the station has become a place of vital importance for the management of all  intra- and inter-modal interfaces, for the provision of services to customers, the management of waiting times, information, baggage, and Traffic Developed flows in our major cities due to its civic role to provide the best possible urban for everyone who uses it, passengers or not. 

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Whether we renovate historic train stations, the architectural legacy of our past, or build and finance new train stations, this multidisciplinary approach must be taken into account. And in providing quality service to customers, visitors and passengers alike, it has become a strategic element of greater importance.

References

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Architectmagazine.com. (2021). [online] Available at: https://www.architectmagazine.com/project-gallery/shenzhen-north-railway-station [Accessed 24 Sep. 2021].

‌ArchDaily. (2020). Shenzhen Metro Changzhen Depot Complex / BLVD International. [online] Available at: https://www.archdaily.com/951724/shenzhen-metro-changzhen-depot-complex-blvd-international [Accessed 24 Sep. 2021].

Author

An accidental Architecture Student from Pune, India. Saish Dhimate has discovered his passion by finding the midway between Engineering and Architecture. He loves to Understand Human Psychology about designing spaces and breaking stereotypes of planning.

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