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Tekhnologichesky Institut (Saint Petersburg Metro)

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Owned by  Saint Petersburg Metro
Structure type  Underground
Platform  Island platform
Tracks  2
Platforms  Island platform
Opened  15 November 1955
Owner  Saint Petersburg Metro
Tekhnologichesky Institut (Saint Petersburg Metro)
Line(s)  Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya Line Moskovsko-Petrogradskaya Line
Address  St Petersburg, Russia, 190013
Similar  Baltiyskaya, Frunzenskaya, Zvenigorodskaya, Pushkinskaya, Ploshchad Vosstaniya

Tekhnologichesky Institut (Russian: Технологи́ческий институ́т) is a cross-platform interchange station of the Saint Petersburg Metro. The stations consists of two halls, with both serving located on the Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya Line and Moskovsko-Petrogradskaya Line trains. The first hall serves the southbound trains while the second hall serves the northbound ones.

History

The first hall was opened on November 15, 1955, as part of the first metro line between Avtovo and Ploshchad Vosstaniya. The name comes from the fact that the surface vestibule is located immediately next to Saint Petersburg State Institute of Technology. The architects were A.M. Sokolov and A.K. Andreyev (surface vestibule and underground hall). The basic theme of the station is the achievements of Russian and Soviet science. The basic material for decorating the underground hall is Ural marble. On the columns are 24 bas reliefs with portraits of well-known Soviet scientists. On the platform walls are placed decorative grilles.

This deep column station existed for several years as an ordinary station of the Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya Line, with trains traveling in both directions. But on April 29, 1961, the second hall was opened, as a part of the second line of the Saint Petersburg Metro. This became the first cross-platform facility in the USSR, coming into full operation on November 1, 1963.

The second hall, in contrast to the first, was built in the functional style, called for by Nikita Khrushchev's program of total economy. The architects A.I. Pribulskiy, A.Ya. Macheret, and V.V. Gankevich designed an almost white wall with decorative texts on the marble columns, chronicling the accomplishments of Soviet science and technology, which were continually added to over time.

Initially, the second hall had no exit to the surface and was connected to the first by a central passage, during the construction of which the bas reliefs of Friedrich Engels and Joseph Stalin were removed. Only in 1980 did the architects A.S. Getskin, A.V. Kvyatovsky, and I.E. Sergeyev build a second inclined passage and join the vestibule of the first hall with the second.

Exits from both halls are located at the northern end, with three escalators each.

References

Tekhnologichesky Institut (Saint Petersburg Metro) Wikipedia


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