iGuzzini for the new Tottenham Court Road station in London

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iGuzzini for the new Tottenham Court Road station in London

The new Tottenham Court Road – one of the busiest Underground stations in London with over 100,000 passengers a day – is one of the stations on the new 100-kilometre-long Elizabeth Line that crosses the entire city of London from east to west.
The Hawkins/Brown practice, in charge of the project, has created a design based above all on the character of the two station entrances. The western entrance that opens onto Soho and the nightlife that characterizes this district is the so-called “dark” exit, whereas the eastern entrance is lighter and brighter.
The ceiling system of the station, also designed by Hawkins/Brown, features perforated metal drums that combine acoustic attenuation with integrated lights and speakers for the station announcements.
Specifically made by iGuzzini for this project, the luminaires were inspired by Soho theatre stage lighting. The external stainless steel shells are perforated and the body is filled with black steel wool to soften the background noise that would otherwise make the station announcements inaudible.
All the drums are located between the concrete beams of the station ceiling; their irregular arrangement imitates the flow of the people passing through the station with greater concentrations of drums above areas where passengers tend to congregate. Most of the cylinders house DALI-enhanced MaxiWoody projectors and are located to provide diffuse, homogeneous lighting with a wide flood optic and a 4000K color temperature. The projectors are also positioned in a way that ensures the light emitted is intercepted by the cylinder to avoid glare. Some of the modules house speakers for station announcements whereas others are empty and act purely as sound absorbers.

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photos courtesy of iGuzzini

Tottenham Court Road station – fact sheet
Year: 2022
Client: Transport for London (TfL)
Architectural Project: Hawkins\Brown
Lighting Project: Arup
Structural engineering: Arup/Atkins JV
General contractor: Laing O’Rourke
Engineering: Arup/Atkins JV
MEP consultant: WSP
Photographer: James Newton

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