Nydalen station consists of a detached entrance pavilion on street level, while the 110-meter long platform area itself lies 12 meters underground. The pavilion's architecture is expressed through a composition of horizontal and vertical levels and planes, which are dynamically cast off in relation to each other. The closely built wall planes are made of black basalt contrasting and complementing a cast-off glass box in red, symbolizing the red metro wagons. This stands as a signal for the station and allows a glimpse of the escalators ascending from the tunnel.
Installed around the escalator are 1800 neon lights and 44 loudspeakers.
This "Tunnel of Light" is a work of art where light, music, technology and architecture become an integral and unified whole.
The "Tunnel of Light" is a work of art where light, music, technology and architecture are shaped as an integral and unified whole, and which with the assistance from sensors also dynamically interacts with the public using the escalator. The creation is a theme around different experiences of travel: travel in time and travel in place. Each season has its sounds and lights, each place has its own sound and there are sound and light moods for all the phases of life. The idea for the project was conceived by Kristin Jarmund and she was also architecturally responsible for Nydalen station and the glass-enclosed escalator itself. The colored light system which is integrated in the walls is specially developed for the "Tunnel of Light" project by Per Åge Lyså of Intravision system as and the software was developed by Yngve Sandboe. The software both controls and composes the light and sound moods together. The music, composed by Bjarne Kvinnsland, is mainly based on a sampling of original sound recordings. In this project Kvinnsland has also cooperated with the author Beate Grimsrud, and one can hear Grimsrud read her own texts, which Kvinnsland has further adapted and integrated into the musical expression.