The Urban Transit project is a new air train (Maglev) network comprising six air train stations that connects Seoul’s International Airport with Incheon Island and it’s new developments. The project is envisioned as a transportation interchange, which operates as a series of nodes. The stations seek to activate and transform their local urban environment through the integration of smaller public, recreational and commercial activities. The typology of each station is adaptable to multiple circulation routes and specific programs.

The stations are covered by large double curved tensile structures stretched over a curved ring beams to be manufacture in the neighbouring roller-coaster factory. The canopies provide shelter for both the platforms and the immediate public spaces around the stations to protect from seasonal rain and strong sun, while framing views on the sea. An integrated lighting system illuminates the translucent colour coated ETFE membrane which makes each station unique and recognizable from its colour both from the air, the ground and the sea. The stations act as stable territorial anchoring points in an area of Incheon undergoing territorial transformations. Show more

Type   |   Competition - 2nd Place.

Programme   |   6 Maglev stations.

Client   |   Hyundai.

Total Area   |   7200 m2

Status   |   Detail Design.

Date   |   2009

Design Team   |   LASSA: designed by Theo Sarantoglou Lalis and Dora Sweijd with Yousef Al Mehdari, Ole Wolthers, Kasper Ax.

Executive Architect   |   HK Architects.

Engineer   |   HK Architects.