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Shinkansen Station

Makoto Sei Watanabe Architects

Asia | Minamata

Japan's famous Shinkansen high-speed railway network was opened in 1964 between the major metropolitan areas of Tokyo and Osaka. It was subsequently expanded to serve cities throughout the country. The Shinkansen has now reached the southern island of Kyushu, with half of the 257-km southern segment opening in the spring of 2004. Four stations were built for this segment. One of them is the Shin-Minamata Station in the city of Minamata. Architecture is normally closed in by walls and is entered through doors.
But in a railway station trains roll through it on the platform level. The interior continues out to the exterior. Nevertheless, it is not a completely open space. Platforms need protection from rain, wind and sun, and should prevent noise from escaping outside as the trains pass through. Railway stations seem to be open, but are actually closed. They seem to be closed, but...

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