Toronto Museum Station

The design of the Museum Station on the Toronto Transit Commission's University Subway Line re-imagines the station platform as a hypostyle Hall supported by archeologically inspired columns providing visual clues to subway riders about the activities above ground.

Based on artefacts from the Royal Ontario Museum and the Gardiner Museum, five column designs are repeated throughout the station's platform representing Canada's First Nations ("The Wuikinuxv First Nation Bear House Post"), Ancient Egypt ("The Osiris Pilaster), Mexico's Toltec Culture ("The Toltec Warrior"), China's traditional culture ("The Forbidden City Columns") and Ancient Greece ("The Doric Columns"). The column designs are the result of months of collaboration between the architects, curators and specialists from the Museums, the fabricator and individual artists.

Updated ceiling lighting and a new wall finish create a contemporary backdrop for the column designs. The track walls in the station have been re-clad in metal panels with the name of the station printed in large lettering. A hieroglyph inscription within the lettering is taken from a limestone relief in the Royal Ontario Museum's Egyptian collection. A dropped ceiling above the platform was removed giving a greater sense of volume to the space and new lighting fixtures accentuate the new architectural features.

Diamond and Schmitt Architects also worked with the Toronto Transit Commission to streamline the way-finding and other signage in the station. Benches throughout the station were also custom-designed by the architects.

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  • George Pasher
    George Pasher commented
    great transformation. Was munition storage 4 WW2.
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  • Nadezhda Nikolova
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  • Antonina Ilieva
    Antonina Ilieva commented
    :) Yes, Moscow and Paris should perhaps be included in the collection - oldies but goldies!
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  • Ashley Adam
    Ashley Adam commented
    Very nice. Almost as good as Russian subways. Now I will have to make the trip from Ottawa to Toronto just to ride the subway!
    about 6 years ago via Mobile