Saturday, September 09, 2006

Metro Arts

Komsomolskaya station, Moscow

Komsomolskaya station, Moscow

I never know that a Train Station/Subway/Underground/Metro... or whatever you call it, can be so stylish and artistic. Take a look at the galleries of these awsome stations.

The above was Komsomolskaya station in Moscow, built in 1952. It reminds me the Matrix's fighting scene.

"Subways need not be boring or dreary! Many operators of metros, subways or underground railways want to attract more passengers with good station design. This often means extra effort and higher costs for the metro operators but it seems to pay when a metro is more than just a means of transport but something the residents can be proud of.

Read below which metro systems double as the world's longest art galleries and in which cities you can see stunning underground palaces, museums, aquariums, an ancient chapel, or the world's first example of computer-generated architecture – or simply user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing underground stations.
" Source [Metro Bits]

T-Centralen station, Stockholm

Stockholm's subway is referred to as the world's longest art gallery because works of art have been integrated in almost every station since the 1950s. Many stations in have been left as rock caverns. More [Stockholm photos...]

Dülferstraße station, Munich

This metro system in Munich has been opened in 1972 and has spacious and clean stations. More [Munich photos...]

The elegant metro stations, Paris

The elegant metro stations in Paris are mostly column-free vaults and look similar throughout the system, which was inaugurated in 1900. Everything has been refurbished for the 100th anniversary. More [Paris photos...]

Barakaldo station, Bilbao

Foster about his spacious concrete vaults: "A tunnel dug by man through earth and rock is a very special place. Its shape is a reaction to the forces of nature and the texture of its construction bears the seal of man. This must be respected, not covered up to make the place look like any other building. One must be able to feel being underground, and make it a good, special experience" (quoted from Metro Bilbao's Touristic Guide Map). More [Bilbao photos...]

Olaias station, Lisbon

Kaiser Wilhelm Park, Rhine-Ruhr

Rhine-Ruhr area is an agglomeration of about 30 cities in western Germany with some 20 metro-tram lines and 9 S-Bahn lines. More [Rhine-Ruhr photos...]

Capitol South station, Washington

The Metrorail system of the US capital has been designed by Harry Weese & Associates to be America's grandest subway and was inaugurated in 1976.

Staromestska station, Prague

On line A, which was opened in 1978, station walls are covered with aluminium tiles which come in three versions (convex, concave or flat) and in different shades of colour. The designers thus managed to create a stunning, science-fiction-like appearance. More [Prague photos...]

Source [Metro Bits]

[tags] Metro, Subway, Underground, Station, Moscow [/tags]


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