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Modern Architecture: New Metro Line 1 Station by Peter Ruge Architekten, Sofia, Bulgaria

Photo of new proposed entrance into the metro line 1
Modern Architecture: New Metro Line 1 Station by Peter Ruge Architekten, Sofia, Bulgaria
© Peter Ruge Architekten

This interesting piece of modern architecture was competition entry for the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia. Like any other big city, Sofia has its own metro line. Architects from Peter Ruge Architekten saw the potential to do something beautiful. They designed new metro line 1 station called Station 20 for 120,000 daily passengers.


"The sites linear structure is inspired by the pattern and scale of the neighbouring high-density housing blocks of the Druzhba residential quarter. The angular direction of the landscape reflects the natural structure of the site boundary, generating a visual language that informs the division of public spaces and creates pathways, guiding pedestrian flow to and from the station.

Main entry to Station 20’s underground concourse level is accessed via a vast corner plaza, providing a public space for circulation between the station services and the existing bus service infrastructure. The sweeping canopy of the entrance hall emerges out of the landscape as a wave, simultaneously pulling the structure up as it pushes the plaza down into the ground to meet with the level of the concourse. Finely cast steel elements with a non-flammable canvas lining stretched underneath, create an elegant structure and a glowing interior, achieved through concealed and integrated lighting."
          -Peter Ruge Architekten

Photo of stairs down into the underground station as seen from the balcony inside
Modern Architecture: New Metro Line 1 Station by Peter Ruge Architekten, Sofia, Bulgaria
© Peter Ruge Architekten

Visualization of passengers walking down the stairs into the station 20
Modern Architecture: New Metro Line 1 Station by Peter Ruge Architekten, Sofia, Bulgaria
© Peter Ruge Architekten

Photo of new metro line 1 station 20 entrance as seen at night from the air
Modern Architecture: New Metro Line 1 Station by Peter Ruge Architekten, Sofia, Bulgaria
© Peter Ruge Architekten

Site plan of new station 20 of Metro line 1
Modern Architecture: New Metro Line 1 Station by Peter Ruge Architekten, Sofia, Bulgaria
© Peter Ruge Architekten

Floor plan of metro line 1 station 20
Modern Architecture: New Metro Line 1 Station by Peter Ruge Architekten, Sofia, Bulgaria
© Peter Ruge Architekten

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