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Bermondsey Station

J.L.E. Bermondsey Station. Etching by Ian RitchieBermondsey, which opened in 1999, is one of eleven stations of the London Underground Jubilee Line Extension through East London.
The design brings a perceptible sensitivity and ambiance to the public through the use of natural light and a clear spatial experience which succeeds in offering travellers a positive experience to security and safety.
Below ground, the civil engineering structure of the station is formed by a combination of cut and cover box (concrete diaphragm walls and horizontal trusses) and bored platform tunnels. These fundamental elements of construction are manipulated to clearly express the weight and mass of structure through the medium of natural light.  This provides a basis for a legible hierarchy of material expression for all other components within the station.
At street level the building form emerges from below ground with a gentle curved translucent glazed structure rising towards Jamaica Road.
The glazed roof and enclosing walls transmit a large percentage of daylight into the building and result in some rays of sunlight reaching the platform area alleviating the sense of tension and claustrophobia often associated with a below ground environment.  The glazed roof is supported on acoustically wrapped steel linear beams finished in perforated stainless steel. These beams interfere with sunlight creating a play of reflections and shadows on surrounding surfaces.
All surface finishes and components use very durable materials, notably glass, stainless steel and concrete.

Books
1/2009 DISCOVERING LONDON'S BUILDINGS: WITH TWELVE WALKS Frances Lincoln
ISBN: ISBN-10: 071122918X, ISBN-13: 978-0711229181
1/2003 TRANSPORT, ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE Architectural Press
ISBN: ISBN-10: 0750677481, ISBN-13: 978-0750677486
1/2003 BELOW GROUND LEVEL: CREATING NEW SPACES FOR CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE Birkhauser Verlag AG
ISBN: ISBN-10: 3764369086, ISBN-13: 978-3764369088
1/1993 A GUIDE TO LONDON'S CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE
ISBN: 0750607823
Journal Articles
07/2001 DIALOGUE (Taiwan)
03/2000 ARCHITECTURAL RECORD
02/2000 ARCHITECTURE TODAY
02/2000 ARCHITECTS' JOURNAL
01/2000 LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS
12/1999 RA MAGAZINE No 69 WINTER 1999
12/1999 NEW CIVIL ENGINEER
11/1999 COUNTRY LIFE
10/1999 NEW CIVIL ENGINEER
02/1999 DAILY TELEGRAPH
10/1998 FRAME 4 Vol 2
09/1998 RIBA JOURNAL
05/1998 NEW STATESMAN
06/1997 THE INDEPENDENT
04/1996 STRUCTURES 96 Contract Journal supplement
02/1996 BUILDER
06/1995 ARQUITECTURA VIVA 71
02/1994 NEW CIVIL ENGINEER
02/1994 ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW
06/1993 ARCHITECTURAL RECORD
04/1993 DOMUS
11/1992 BUILDING DESIGN
11/1992 BLUEPRINT
01/1991 THE INDEPENDENT
01/1991 DESIGN WEEKLY

Bermondsey Station

London, UK

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