The World of Barrier-Free Patents: A Groundbreaking Subway Station Structure in Coastal-Land Junction Areas

The World of Barrier-Free Patents: A Groundbreaking Subway Station Structure in Coastal-Land Junction Areas

Today, we delve into the world of barrier-free patents, introducing a groundbreaking invention that could revolutionize transportation infrastructure in coastal cities. This patent relates to subway station structures, particularly enhancing convenience and safety in areas where sea and land meet.

Patent Information

  • [Invention Title]: Separated-type subway station structure in coastal-land junction areas and its construction method
  • [Application Number]: 2024-965
  • [Patent Number]: 7503730
  • [Patent Applicant]: Beijing Urban Construction Design & Development Group Co., Limited, Lei Gang, Hua Fucai

Invention Summary

This invention is an innovative station structure that improves user safety and convenience by separating the station building and platform in coastal city subway stations, thereby increasing the flexibility of barrier-free design.

Previous Issues

In conventional integrated station structures, the burial depth of the entire station was limited by the depth of the tracks. This made it difficult to install barrier-free facilities and limited emergency evacuation routes. Additionally, for subways crossing the sea, user convenience was often sacrificed due to constraints on station location and gradient.

Solution to the Problems

This invention makes it possible to structurally separate the station building and platform, allowing each to be placed at an optimal depth. Specifically, it features:

  1. Separation of the cut-and-cover station building and platform level
  2. Effective placement of barrier-free entrances and exits
  3. Underground passage connecting platforms on both sides
  4. Introduction of an efficient ventilation system

Advantages of the Invention

This new station structure offers the following advantages:

  1. Easier access from ground level to platforms for the elderly and disabled.
  2. Increased safety for all users with more emergency evacuation routes.
  3. Simpler movement between opposite platforms, including for wheelchair users.
  4. Greater freedom in urban planning by allowing optimal station placement.

Child-friendly Explanation

Have you ever ridden a subway, kids? Subway stations are often deep underground, aren’t they? Especially near the sea, they can be even deeper. But when stations are so deep, it becomes difficult for elderly people or those using wheelchairs to use them.

That’s where this amazing invention comes in! It splits the station into two parts: one close to the ground and one deep down where the trains come. This makes the station easier for everyone to use. It’s easier to build elevators and ramps, and there are more ways to escape if there’s trouble.

Thanks to this invention, grandpas, grandmas, and friends in wheelchairs can use the subway more easily. We’re getting closer to a future where everyone can ride the subway safely and happily!

Personal View

This invention is fascinating from a barrier-free design perspective. It not only improves physical accessibility but also has the potential to impact safety and urban planning.

Particularly noteworthy is that this structure is specialized for coastal-land junction areas. Many coastal cities, including those in Japan, face challenges in developing transportation infrastructure across the sea. This invention has the potential to significantly contribute to the barrier-free development of such cities.

It’s also interesting that this invention comes from Chinese companies and individuals. Barrier-free design is a global challenge, suggesting the importance of cross-border technology exchange and cooperation.

It will be crucial to observe how this technology is applied to actual station construction and what social impact it will have. The future of barrier-free design is steadily advancing through the accumulation of such innovative inventions.

Barrier-Free Solutions Leading to Corporate Profits

We have discussed the necessity of barrier-free design here. The spread of barrier-free facilities is essential for everyone to live safely and comfortably. However, there are many challenges in realizing this due to the substantial costs involved in developing barrier-free facilities.

On the other hand, barrier-free ideas born from the perspective of people with disabilities have the potential to not only make society more convenient as a whole but also bring significant economic benefits to companies.

A prime example of this is the “lighter.” Born from the simple desire of a person with limited use of one hand who thought, “Matches are difficult because they require both hands to light. If only there were something that could easily light a fire with one hand…” The lighter has been loved worldwide and has generated enormous profits. This is a good example of how responding to the needs of people with disabilities can lead to the creation of products that are easy for everyone to use, bringing economic benefits to companies.

Lahiners G.K. and the NPO Japan Disabled Idea Association are working to create a system that connects such ideas from people with disabilities to business opportunities.

Barrier-free design is a very important initiative that combines social contribution with economic potential. We hope that more companies and individuals will become interested in barrier-free design and actively work towards its realization in the future.

Note: Please confirm accurate information on the Japan Patent Office website.