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London Underground ('Tube') was the world's first metro, and the first one to have a corporate design. The design concept included the Johnston typeface (Edward Johnston 1916), the roundel logo (Frank Pick 1918) and the diagrammatic map (Henry C Beck 1933; click to enlarge). These design elements are still in use today almost unmodified [ltmuseum.co.uk] and have influenced the corporate designs of many other metros.

There are some examples of interesting station architecture in London outside the city centre. Charles Holden is responsible for the design of 50 underground stations as well as London Transport's headquarters at 55 Broadway [tube.tfl.gov.uk]. For the Piccadilly Line stretch to Cockfosters, Holden developed a modernist approach in the 1930s. The original art deco furnishing of that time is surviving in some of the stations.

Photo: The cylindrical entrance building of Southgate station built in 1933.

There are works of art in some of London's tube stations [tube.tfl.gov.uk]. The Jubilee Line Extension's spacious stations built in 1999 have been distinctly designed by a couple of famous architects, including Foster & Partners, Ian Ritchie and Michael Hopkins [tube.tfl.gov.uk], [lrb.co.uk], [trainweb.org], [wilson].

Photo: The daylit intermediate concourse of Southwark station by McCormac Jamieson Prichard architects.



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