Can’t go over it, can’t go under it, have to go through it. That seems to be the logic behind the unveiling of an ambitious new route planned for Shanghai Metro’s line 17, which will pass right through a building.
The announcement, posted earlier on Weibo, focuses on the yet-to-be-completed Xu Jing North City Station.
The move would be out of necessity due to the proposed metro line travelling through a narrow space already occupied by an under-construction building, which is bordered by a river on the south and highway on the north. The only way to reconcile the scarcity of space would be to construct the building so as to allow passage by the metro directly through it.
These latest designs show how the subway will travel along the elevated railway and go right through the building before arriving at the platform. The effect of the train’s vibrations has been taken into account and the structural integrity of the building has been assured. The line is hoped to be operational by the end of 2017.
Indeed, there is precedent for this style of subway station. The central Chinese city of Chongqing, known for its precipitous mountain terrain, has already amended construction of residential buildings to accommodate entry by elevated rail (pictured above). Similar subway interchanges also exist in Osaka, Japan.
Growing demands of a rising population coupled with obvious geographic constraints have meant innovative designs are essential to making the blueprint of Shanghai’s public transport system a reality. Here is what Shanghai’s sprawling metro network is envisioned to look like by 2020 and 2030. Currently, there are 13 functioning metro lines, with line 18 to be ready by 2020, while 21 lines are predicted to be commuting passengers when 2030 arrives. Hopefully by then, metro passengers won’t have to abide peeing toddlers, masturbating hooligans, or a tirade from obnoxious Americans.
By Liam Bourke