TRAIN STATION RITUALS

More than a machine: a station is an emotional setting where we say hello and goodbye.

Railway stations are efficient machines designed to process large numbers of

people. They satisfy our physical needs, but not our emotional ones.

 

By mapping people’s activities at Eindhoven railway station, I came up

with four objects — united by the phrase ‘I want to…’ — that facilitate things we normally do at stations yet that lack a physical representation.

OBJECTS DESCRIPTIONS
I want to
SURPRISE
I want to
CHANGE
I want to
SHARE
I want to
PREPARE
I want to
SURPRISE
I want to
SHARE

The object ‘I want to Surprise’ represents Greeting ritual. Its aim is to reveal these hidden little gestures we do for our loved ones that leave or come to us.

The ritual object ‘I want to Surprise’ is represented at a train station as a digital screen displaying all the presents and messages that people send to the travellers and are waiting to be picked up at a train station.

The digital screen placed at a train station is connected with an online service and mobile application ‘I want to Surprise’ that allows people to send presents and messages to the people that are travelling by train.

‘I want to Share’ is an exchange point. This object allows people exchange books, magazines, newspapers, board games and other things that can entertain travellers during their journey. A chosen item can be returned to the ‘sharing point’ at the final point of a journey.

This ritual is represented by a ‘bookshelves’ where people can leave and take things that they want to share with other travellers.

I want to
PREPARE
I want to
CHANGE

‘I want to Prepare’ suppose to help people to check their belongings and travel documents. It also reminds people to call the ones they love to say some nice word before or after a journey.

 

 

This ritual is represented by a sticker that is placed at the places where people are tend to forget their belongings.

While traveling we take off and put on our clothes and to make sure that our look is always perfect for all our future occasions an object ‘I want to Change’ can serve us at a platform.

This ritual is represented by a mirror that is placed at the places where people are tend to stop for a moment.