The Future Lies Underground
Underground Platforms on the Osaka Municipal Subway’s Midosuji Line
In 1933, the City of Osaka opened the Osaka City Rapid Railway Line No.1 (now the Midosuji Subway Line) as part of an integrated urban development project centering on Midosuji, a major thoroughfare, during the so-called “Great Osaka Era,” when the city’s prosperity exceeded that of Tokyo. The platforms in the subway stations, designed with an eye on the future to accommodate longer trains, were equipped with arched ceilings but no columns to support them. The expansive station spaces, with unobstructed views, improved on every aspect of Tokyo’s subway system, which was constructed several years earlier. In fact, they were endowed with so much foresight that they still seem innovative.