Kochi: The proposed Kochi metro stations would serve as a vital showcase of the state's culture, offering detailed information on selected themes which would be of use to tourists.
The basic concept of all the 22 stations in the first phase from Aluva to Pettah was submitted by the Indian Institute of Architects-Kochi Chapter on Wednesday.
“Our effort is to highlight the uniqueness of the state, especially to outsiders, but the station buildings won’t be an exact replica of the Kerala model of architecture.
The station designs are contemporary, but inspired by socio-cultural themes,” they said.
The 'kettuvalam' or houseboat, for example, widely used in the backwaters of the state, will be the theme of one of the stations, bearing descriptions of how it is made with a model exhibited alongside, Metro sources said.
The IIA is expected to start working on the final design of the stations by the end of January after incorporating 'changes' suggested by Kochi Metro Rail Ltd.
“We want some corrections, like the position of the ticket counters, changes that we’ll convey soon. The stations are based on the green concept and designed to utilise maximum natural light and wind.”...