Bermondsey Tube Station, London

Ian Richie Architects
Date Built
Jamaica Road.
Bermondsey Underground Station sits beside Jamaica Road in Bermondsey.  It is one of the stations along the extension of the Jubilee Line between London Bridge Station and Canada Water.  According to its Wikipedia page, the building was intended to have a multi-storey office building sitting on top but if that is true it clearly hasn't happened.

Designed by Ian Richie Architects it is recognized for its use of natural light.  The architect's website explains that, "... At street level the building form emerges from below ground with a gentle curved translucent glazed structure rising towards Jamaica Road.  The glazed roof and enclosing walls transmit a large percentage of daylight into the building and result in some rays of sunlight reaching the platform area alleviating the sense of tension and claustrophobia often associated with a below ground environment.  The glazed roof is supported on acoustically wrapped steel linear beams finished in perforated stainless steel. These beams interfere with sunlight creating a play of reflections and shadows on surrounding surfaces.  All surface finishes and components use very durable materials, notably glass, stainless steel and concrete."

"Below ground, the civil engineering structure of the station is formed by a combination of cut and cover box (concrete diaphragm walls and horizontal trusses) and bored platform tunnels. These fundamental elements of construction are manipulated to clearly express the weight and mass of structure through the medium of natural light."

Adjacent to the station on Ben Smith Way is a ventilation shaft, also designed by Ian Richie, that emerges beside a row of garages belonging to local residents.

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