(a+b) design rolls out new metro cars for milan's underground transportation network
(a+b) design rolls out new metro cars for milan's underground transportation network (a+b) design rolls out new metro cars for milan's underground transportation network
nov 16, 2015

(a+b) design rolls out new metro cars for milan's underground transportation network

(a+b) design rolls out new metro cars for milan’s underground transportation network

all images courtesy of (a+b) design




annalisa dominoni and benedetto quaquaro of (a+b) design were given the honor of conceiving new metro cars for milan’s underground transporation network ATM in milano. the duo focused primarily on developing a simple language that would increase visibility at doorways, and deliver a more effective means of communication in regards to usage and incoming train perception during times of congestion and overcrowding.

red line train during test




benedetto quaquaro explains, ‘we chose black — because it tends to disappear in the dark of the quay — with the aim to bring out the graphic signage around sliding doors. we proposed three different solutions, and ATM was so satisfied that they wanted to realize all three solutions.’

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the front is inspired by the logo as an aesthetic means of generating ATM’s identity




the interior design is based on simplified elements and projects a more refined spatial organization. visual perception is obtained through use of LED light sources, as well as colors and finishes applied to the ceiling, seats, handrails, and digital displays.

red line interior

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green line interior

red door indicators become more distinct as trains enter and exit the stations

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green sliding door indicators

red line interior rendering

green line interior rendering

various exterior renditions



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