Have you ever wondered what's above ground on the metro?

A daily commuting routine on an underground railway cuts out the perception of place, movement or passage of time. Canopy is a dynamic display system on the ceiling of a train that renders a new perspective of the passing environment overground. Non-reflective e-paper display panels are fixed to the ceiling, allowing for an unobtrusive display.

Artists are invited to illustrate the environment on ground with an exaggerated 3-point perspective suggesting depth of the train. Landmarks indicate location and journey progress, while an indicative sky offers visual continuity. Real-time travel information and contextual advertising helps travellers explore the city while engaging with the journey.

Download press kit here

Collaboration with Matt Batchelor and Emma Laurin


Day and night variation; advertisement dialogue boxes, exaggerated 3D perspectives

Exit info over doors (left), and scanning QR code in an advertisement dialogue box (right)

Read more about Canopy at :

Canopy Concept: Making the Metro Feel Less Underground : Core77
Sky's the limit: a heavenly addition to the Underground? : Time Out Blog
A Subway Train Ceiling Straight Out of Harry Potter : The Atlantic Cities
Canopy: A Virtual Skylight For Subway Trains : International Design Times
'Canopy' gives subway trains an outside view : CNet News
Canopy is a worm's eye view for undergound train passengers : Stuff Magazine
E-paper that simulates skies in the underground : Smart Planet/blog
Canopy lets you have outside view on subway trains : Ubergizmo
Canopy Shows Tube Travelers What’s Going on Above Ground : Gadgety News
A view from the top : The Transit Wire
'Canopy' concept brings sky-gazing indoors : Dvice

Canopy was finalist at the RSA Student Design Awards 2012,
under 'The Good Journey' category

Concept sketches

Early prototyping

Iterative prototyping with 1:1 scale train model at the Imperial College workshop

Coding in Processing (Javascript) plus integration with Aurduino for physical interaction

Testing on the London Underground (top left), and building installation frame

Journey from South Kensington to Knightsbridge while raining at night

Journey from South Kensington to Knightsbridge on a bright sunny day

© 2012
Royal College of Art