Thursday, November 09, 2006

Beautiful subways from around the world

Beautiful subways from around the world

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.

世界中の美しい地下鉄を紹介しているブログです。 biggrin


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. SL spends 10 million SEK per year in safeguarding and developing artwork.

The distinctive, ornate, Art Nouveau metro entrances designed by Hector Guimard are a famous synonym for Paris's metro. Some are lost but 88 of them still exist []. RATP gave reproductions to the subways in Chicago, Lisbon, Mexico City and to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and an original one to Montreal

Some of the early underground and elevated stations represent a style of metro architecture which was somewhat pioneering back then. The busiest architect of that time was Alfred Grenander, who evolved from a decorative style to modernism between 1902 and 1930

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