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Restrained (Textured) Vocabulary

Tokyo: station vocabulary

Ever imagined how much effort goes into designing a Tokyo train station that can stand the daily pounding of rush-hour? Train logistics, peak commuter hours, flow, density, late-for-work-confusion, music listening multi-tasking passengers with eyes glued to screens, wear and tear, ticketing, non-locals, environmental conditions – the list goes on and on. Which is why this new addition to the platform vocabulary, the red stripes, are so interesting. With large volumes of passing-through traffic and a high risk environment it is smarter to keep the station palette of dots, stripes and lines restricted.

For every environment a palette.

And for every city a geometry.