The striking appearance of Vienna’s underground stations can be traced back to the 1970s.

The panel cladding and clear colour guidance system were revolutionary for the time. This concept has now been taken and enhanced for the new U5 stations by the Viennese architecture firms YF Architekten and Franz Architekten.

The stations’ design has become more angular, with the width of the panels steadily narrowing in one direction – a symbol of acceleration.

Another new feature is the glass wall with sliding doors on the edge of the platform, a feature of fully automated operations.

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