Hamburg’s technicolour train stop wins prize

Artists have transformed Hamburg's HafenCity University underground train stop into much more than a transport hub – as lights shaped like shipping containers now bathe the station in award-winning technicolour.

Hamburg's technicolour train stop wins prize
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The HafenCity University station, on the city’s U4 line, was fitted in April with 12, 6.5-metre-long shipping containers hanging from its ceiling. Each container acts as a giant light which changes colour on the hour, the Hamburger Morgenpost regional paper reported on Wednesday.

A few photos of HafenCity University stop

The classical music of Verdi, Bach and Brahms wafts down the tracks to set different moods and match the changing light – which a panel of light designers have honoured with the 2013 “Light Project” award.

“You don’t expect to see such lighting in a U-Bahn station. It is magnificent and magical,” the jury’s statement said. It added that it embodied how light can transform a functional area into something incredible.

Gerd Pfarré, the brains behind the piece, accepted the award in Philadelphia.

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