With splendid architecture and impressive colors, stunning subway stations around the world turn the commute of people into an artistic experience.
Komsomolskaya Station, Moscow, Russia:
Famous for its grandeur, the first metro stations of Moscow were built under the rule of Joseph Stalin with the slogan “Building palaces for the people”. Opened in 1952, Komsomolskaya station is one of the most impressive structures with marble columns and luxurious yellow dome.
City Hall Station, New York, USA:
City Hall is the first station of New York, officially operated in 1904. The dome-shaped tile ceiling was created by Rafael Guastavino – the master builder in America . Even though the station is no longer in use, you can still book a tour through the Transportation Museum of New York.
Rådhuset Station, Stockholm, Sweden:
Stockholm’s subway network is like a vast art gallery with 110 stations and more than 90 sculptures. Created by about 150 artists. Rådhuset is one of the most impressive of the stations with its exposed foundations painted in color. At first glance this station, you feel like inside the cave space.
Atocha Station, Madrid, Spain:
Atocha Metro Station is also Madrid’s intercity railway hub. Inside the station is a tropical garden with thousands of species of plants from America, Asia and Australia. This green space was created in 1990 after the station expanded and attracted a lot of tourists.
Kosmonavtlar Station, Tashkent, Uzbekistan:
In 2018, the ban on taking photos of metro trains in Tashkent was lifted, revealing Uzbekistan’s underground art and architecture. The walls of Kosmonavtlar station are decorated with portraits of astronauts, covered with ceramic panels that change color from blue to black, evoking Earth’s atmosphere.
Arts et Métiers Station, Paris, France:
The interior of Arts et Métiers Station is like a magic submarine, designed by Belgian artist François Schuiten. It features copper-clad walls inspired by Jules Verne’s Nautilus submarine (the novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea), with giant pulleys and gears sticking out from the vaulted ceiling.
Szent Gellért tér – Fovám tér – Fovám tér double station, Budapest, Hungary:
In 2014, the Spora architecture company built a double station opposite the Danube riverbank in Budapest, Hungary. The two stations, Szent Gellért tér and Fovám tér, have the same feature that cross-stitched concrete beams help to brace the walls, reducing the number of columns. The two stations’ tunnels are decorated with colorful mosaic paintings by artist Tamás Komoróczky.
Wilhelminaplein Railway Station, Rotterdam, The Netherlands:
Rotterdam’s Wilhelminaplein Station is a delicate space in a sparkling white palette. It is full of unique details such as floating floors in the middle of the platform or an all-white tunnel with curved walls like a spaceship.
Westfriedhof, Munich, Germany:
The first metro stations in Munich preferred brown, orange, and gray tones in the 1970s. But since 1980, metro architects have pursued brighter tones. . Typically Westfriedhof station is lit in red, yellow and blue by 10 giant domes of light, creating a contrast with the stone surface of the walls.