Taiwan has 2 of Most beautiful Subway in the World
Clearly, the first and foremost purpose of a subway station is to be a place where passengers can transition effectively from one train to another. However, as a location where masses of people flock to every day, subway stops can come to serve more than a mere practical purpose. They can become exhibition halls of great art and architecture, showcasing a country’s or city’s cultural treasures. Time-old subway stops in particular can come to represent the history of a place, allowing passengers to travel back in time as they walk the long corridors filled with antique chandeliers and other decadent embellishment. Recently renovated or entirely new subway stations, in turn, can reflect the newest technology and become a landmark of innovation.
1. Champ-de-Mars Station -Montreal, Canada
Champ-de-Mars Station opened on October 14th, 1966, as part of the initial subway network of Montreal. Situated in Old Montreal in the Ville-Marie borough, the station is now on the Orange Line of the Montreal Metro rapid transit system. The station is particularly spectacular on a sunny day, when light enters the stained glass windows by Automatiste painter Marcelle Ferron. The windows comprise of of the artist’s masterpieces and according to some, are her most famous work. Back in 1968, they were given by the Government of Quebec as the first work of non-figurative art commissioned for the metro.
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2. Formosa Boulevard Station – Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Formosa Boulevard is one of the busiest stations in Kaohsiung city, and also one of the most beautiful. In addition to being the place where the Red and Orange subway lines meet, the stop is also the location of the “Dome of Light.” The “Dome of Light,” situated on the upper part of the station, is known as the biggest public art installation all over the globe. We thank the artist Narcissus Quagliata for putting together the dome in a little less than four years, which included shipping pieces of colored glass directly from Germany.
The “Dome of Light” spans a 30-meter diameter. As you walk around, you can view the story of human life, transitioning from the section that represents water, the womb of life, to earth, which embodies the act of growing and prospering. After that, there are sections on light and fire, the latter representing on the one hand destruction and on the latter rebirth. The most important message that pervades the dome, however, is one of love and tolerance. You can find out more about it here.
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3. T-Centralen Station -Stockholm, Sweden
In “T-Centralen,” “T” is an abbreviation for “tunnelbana,” which in Swedish means “underground” or “subway.” The T-Centralen station is the core of the Stockholm Metro; that is, it is the only station in which all of the three lines (Tub1, Tub2, and Tub3) meet. As such, it is the subway station with the highest traffic in Stockholm.
To be exact, the station consists of two sections: one for Tub1 and Tub2, and one for Tub3. The latter is shown above and is different from the other two in its appearance. 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 Nilsson’s and Derkert’s pioneering idea, there are now more than 140 artists represented in 90 of Stockholm’s metro stations, including both permanent and temporary exhibitions. You can read more about the T-Centralen stop here.
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4. Central Park Station Station – Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Named after the nearby Central Park, this station lies on the Red Line of the Kaohsiung subway. A two-level underground station, the Central Park stop was designed by British architect Richard Rogers. Design-wise, purple is the pervading color throughout the station. The courtyard grass areas, in turn, are covered in a slope of yellow windmills shaped liked sunflowers. Read more about Kaohsiung metro art here.
5. Bayview Station – Toronto, Canada
Bayview Station, a stop on the Sheppard line, is one of the most recent additions to the Toronto subway system; it opened in 2002. The station was designed by Stevens Group Architects, who were responsible for the high-ceiling entrance pavilions with long, angled roofs that overhang the structure.
Throughout the station, you can see From Here Right Now, a trompe l’oeil installation by Toronto artist Panya Clark Espinal. Her website explains that in From Here Right Now, “twenty-four hand-drawn images have been ‘projected’ onto the architecture of the station so that when seen from the original location of projection, the images are crystalized and realistic, but when seen from other locations they appear to be abstractions. These images act as beacons, drawing the viewers along various paths of movement. Depicting everyday objects and simple geometric shapes, the images are rendered in an uncommonly large scale and in unusual orientations, allowing one to interact playfully with them as one moves through the space.”
6. Bockenheimer Warte Station – Frankfurt, Germany
The Bockenheimer Warte Station is one of the most important transfer stations of the Frankfurt subway system. Here the C-line crosses with the U6 and U7, as well as the U4 which runs in the D-tunnel. You can also transfer to various bus lines and trams here.
The construction of this station was first begun in 1986, and expanded in 2001. The station is worth viewing not only for its underground architecture, but also for one of its subway entrances. Click here to see the unique entrance, which looks like a train bursting through the sidewalk from below. Architect Zbiginiew Peter Pininski reported he felt inspired by surrealist artist René Magritte when creating it.
7. Bund Sightseeing Tunnel – Shanghai, China
If we were to speak in very strict terms, the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel is not a metro stop. As the name “sightseeing tunnel” suggests, it is a touristic tunnel, running below the Pu river.
Small cable cars take visitors from one end of the tunnel to the other. Throughout the ride, the tourists are entertained visually with lighting in all colors you can imagine. A puppet might also occasionally wave at you, or a movie screen might appear and disappear again. All along, there’s house music blasting so your ears enjoy the journey, too.
Click here to see a video of the entire trip.
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