There are a few places on Earth who have subway stations that stand for real museums, and tourists come from everywhere just to visit them. So therefore oddity is transformed in art in its strictest sense. Here are 15 of the most impressive subway stations in the world.
In Stockholm, the Tunnelbana is often considered the longest art exhibition in the world. The word actually stands for “underground” in Swedish. The station we’re talking about here is also referred to as the T-Centralen station, which is the core of the Stockholm Metro. Back in the 1950s, artists Vera Nilsson and Siri Derkert proposed that art should be part of the new subway system. The Tub3 section of the station is where the Blue Line runs, thus the blue and white artwork, which dates back to the 1970s. Inspired by the two, there are now more than 140 artists represented in 90 of Stockholm’s subway stations, including both permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Actually the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel is not a subway stop. As the name “sightseeing tunnel” suggests, it is a touristic tunnel, running below the Huangpu River. It was originally planned to be a moving walkway to shuttle visitors from the Bund to Pudong, but this concept proved to be much more thrilling with flashing colored lights and exciting surprises.
The purpose of the Olaias station was to link the inner city with the Expo ’98 area. Portuguese architect Tomás Taveira and a team of Portuguese artists, including Pedro Cabrita Reis, Graça Pereira Coutinho, Pedro Calapez and Rui Sanchez, designed it. Like many others in Portugal, it has a contemporary interior design, including dramatic coloring and exquisitely crafted tiles
Formosa Boulevard is one of the busiest stations in Kaohsiung city, is also the location of the Dome of Light that’s located on the upper part of the station and is known as the biggest public art installation all over the globe. Artist Narcissus Quagliata is to be thanked for putting together the dome in a little less than four years, which included shipping pieces of colored glass directly from Germany.
Dubai’s railway stations were designed by Aedas of Birmingham to combine both traditional and modern architectural elements. All trains and stations are air conditioned with platform edge doors. For instance the Khalid Bin Al Waleed station has interiors inspired by the four elements: water, air, earth and fire, along with oversized chandelier lamps in the shape of jellyfish.
For architecture lovers, Japan offers many “must-see” sights and we recommend Iidabashi Station, the major interchange railway station which straddles Tokyo's Chiyoda, Shinjuku and Bunkyō wards. It is one example of Japanese post-modern architecture for its metal flower, which is actually a ventilation tower, housing the air-conditioning equipment for the subway station.
Also known as City Hall Loop, the line of this station opened in 1904 and is known for being a miniature Grand Central Station. Here you will see hanging commemorative plaques recognizing the achievement of building the underground train system.
Universidad de Chile station is a station in the Santiago Metro system of Santiago, Chile. It is an underground station located between La Moneda and Santa Lucía stations on the same line.
Astor Place, also called Astor Place – Cooper Union on signs, is a local station on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Completed in 1904, it is one of the original twenty-eight stations in the system.
Westminster is a London Underground station in the City of Westminster. It is served by the Circle, District and Jubilee lines.
Beijing Railway Station or simply Beijing Station is a passenger railway station in Dongcheng District, Beijing. The station is located just southeast of the city centre inside the Second Ring Road with Beijing Station Street to the north and the remnants of the city wall between Chongwenmen and Dongbianmen to the south.
Avtovo (in Russian it is written А́втово) is a station on the Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya Line of the Saint Petersburg Metro. It was designed by the architect Yevgenii Levinson in 1955 and it is known for its huge and glass-decorated columns and white marble walls
This station is located in central Stockholm, on the blue line between T-Centralen and Fridhemsplan and was opened on the 31st of August 1975. Every metro stop has a different painted motif and this one has the original rock exposed which creates a very unique texture.
Sokolniki is a Moscow Metro station in the Sokolniki District, Eastern Administrative Okrug, Moscow. It is on the Sokolnicheskaya Line, between Krasnoselskaya and Preobrazhenskaya Ploshchad stations.
Toledo is a station on Line 1 of the Naples Metro, in Italy. It is very famous for being the winner of the 2013 LEAF Award as "Public Building of the Year". It opened in 2012, so it is quite a new metro station but in this short period of time has attracted lots of visitors who want to admire its design around the themes of water and light.
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