Jubilee Line Underground

INTRODUCTION

The extension totheJubilee Line Underground in London, which runs from Westminster eastwards as far as Stratford was completed in 1999, and is a fine example of engineering in the field of transport. In most cases daylight has been introduced to the lower areas of the stations, by various means, such as domes, drums, canopies and light shafts.

Roland Paoletti, the architect in overall charge was, as Frank Pick before him, conscious of the opportunity to create buildings of quality; but rather than imposing some form of grand design on his project architects, he relied first on choosing those architects with particular engineering skills, and then allowing them to work within the framework of the local community to express the grain of an individual neighbourhood.

In selecting four Underground stations to feature in this Case Study of the Jubilee Line, the purpose was not to provide a 'beauty contest,' since the architectural quality of all the new stations along the line is significant, but to choose stations in which the solutions tothe problems posed by daylighting stations on the Jubilee Line are noted for their differences of approach.

The examples chosen are as follows:

Southwark

Natural light funnelled down through four storeys by means of a wide concealed cone structure.

Canada Water

A glazed cylindrical ticket hall at ground level al lows l ight to filter gently down tothe escalators below, with dynamic patterns of sunlight and shadow.

Canary Wharf

Three wide glazed canopies located above the vertical circulation at the escalator locations, provides ample daylight in the spaces below for orientation and daylight impression.

Stratford

The situation is entirely different. First it is an 'above ground' Underground station, in which the passenger enters the trains which run inside the building at the same level as the ticket office.

The architects for the four selected stations are as follows:

Southwark

McCormacJamieson Prichard

Canada Water

Ron Herron/Imagination

Canary Wharf

Foster and Partners

Stratford

Wilkinson Eyre

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