Super Mario and the Cheshire Cat are between the characters featured in these renderings created by Austrian studio Madame Mohr as element of a competitors proposal for a new subway line in Vienna .

U5 subway competition in Vienna by Madame Mohr Mario from the Super Mario computer video games

Vienna’s U5 subway line started development in August 2014. The city’s public transport authority launched a competitors calling for style proposals for the over- and below-ground aspects of its stations in October last 12 months.

The ten-kilometre-extended line will connect the city’s Karlplatz central square with the town hall and Arne-Carlsson-Park and is scheduled for completion in 2023.

U5 subway competition in Vienna by Madame Mohr Alice and the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland

Madame Mohr’s proposal for the stations aimed to offer a counterpoint to the sterile, modular, industrial spaces often designed for transportation infrastructure, and as an alternative delivers a “human-centred, warm and pleasant layout”.

Renderings made by the team to show their proposals are embellished by renowned characters from well-known movies – including Lars von Trier’s Melancholia, Star Wars by George Lucas and Wes Anderson’s The Existence Aquatic with Steve Zissou – as nicely as Mario of the Super Mario game franchise.

U5 subway competition in Vienna by Madame Mohr Danny Torrance from The Shining

“While functioning on the project we realised that certain psychological and poetic factors in the renderings could be uncovered or intensified for the viewers if they would be linked to properly-recognized stories,” architect Quirin Krumbholz informed Dezeen.

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A robot from director Fritz Lang’s science-fiction movie Metropolis is noticed descending an escalator, although Mia Wallace and Vince Vega from Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction dance at a spot in a corridor that could one day be occupied by street performers.

U5 subway competition in Vienna by Madame Mohr Maschinenmensch from Metropolis

“The idea of an entrance to one more globe that sits proper below us is revealed with Alice and the Cheshire Cat [from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland],” said Krumbholz.

“The sturdy linearity of subway platforms with holes in the finish the place the trains disappear, just as bowling balls do when they vanish in their lane, opened the stage for the character of Jesus from The Big Lebowski.”

U5 subway competition in Vienna by Madame Mohr Jesus from The Massive Lebowski

“Virtual actuality, artificial characters and avatars that will fill our streets in the potential have been the basis for [Nintendo video game character] Mario jumping up and down urban stairs and factors,” Krumbholz extra.

A scene from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is referenced in an image of Danny Torrance wheeling his tricycle down an otherwise empty platform.

U5 subway competition in Vienna by Madame Mohr Mia Wallace and Vincent Vega from Pulp Fiction

Madame Mohr’s idea reached the second round of the Europe-broad competitors, which attracted 32 applications from eight nations.

The idea includes integrated ceiling lighting on the platforms that is angled to indicate the direction of the trains’ travel, along with glossy floor tiles that reflect the movement of passengers about the station.

U5 subway competition in Vienna by Madame Mohr Justine and Michael from Melancholia

Suspended info displays would aid to improve the visibility of train times and locations, while constant bands of signage would enhance wayfinding by guiding passengers by means of the station.

The letter ‘U’ would be illuminated and raised large above the entrances to each station to act as a beacon within the city. A lighting concept for the platform locations contains skylights or artificial replacements in deeper stations, featuring LED lighting that would replicate the environment above ground.

U5 subway competition in Vienna by Madame Mohr Steve and Klaus from The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

The winning competition entry was a collaboration among Viennese studios YF Architekten and Franz Architekten, who will operate with the transport authority to create their proposals.



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