Winner of the Qingdao Metro Design Competition.
In order to enhance and enrich the construction of the metro culture and to provide a comfortable environment for commuters, the metro construction headquarters of Qingdao, China hosted an international design competition. We developed a model for the Chinese subway platform with a concept that utilises stunning tiles from Bardelli of Italy, a go-to favourite of Anna Abbruzzo's because of their high quality and craftsmanship. The tiles feature an oversized black-and-white illustration of a tulip by Dutch-born artist and landscape designer Ronald Van Der Hilst. The graphic tulips serve to direct commuters up and down a set of escalators leading to the subway platform. The concept stems from the idea that there is a hole in the underground, with natural light streaming through the passageway, giving the entire project a unique perspective on light and movement. The tulips, given their opposing angles on both sides, give the feeling that they are either growing downward or being pulled up from the ground. We worked in conjunction with the 2014 Qingdao Horticultural Exposition to develop the proposal, demonstrating the firm’s ability to design spaces that are influenced and enhanced by the local culture.