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printguru
May 2, 2013, 11:18 PM
Author: William Wright
Publication: Fine Print NYC Blog
Date: May 2, 2013


http://fineprintnyc.com/media/W1siZiIsIjIwMTMvMDUvMDIvMjJfNDBfNTFfMjE5X2JlYXV0aWZ1bF9zdWJ3YXlzLmpwZyJdLFsicCIsInRodW1iIiwiNTcweCJdXQ/beautiful-subways.jpg

http://fineprintnyc.com/images/blog/beautiful-subways/Almaty-Metro-Line,-Kazakhstan/kazakhstan-subway5.jpg

http://fineprintnyc.com/images/blog/beautiful-subways/Aviamotornaya-Station,-Moscow.jpg

Many more here -> http://fineprintnyc.com/blog/worlds-most-beautiful-subway-stations

Feel free to contribute a suggestion

JDRCRASH
May 3, 2013, 3:39 PM
I've heard some of Moscow's stations are almost like palaces.

Antares41
May 3, 2013, 3:56 PM
I've heard some of Moscow's stations are almost like palaces.

All three appear to have the Old Soviet style. I think the third is actually in Moscow and the second Almaty, Kazakhstan.

llamaorama
May 3, 2013, 4:30 PM
The only thing good to ever come out of communism was metro design :)

Muji
May 3, 2013, 5:27 PM
I've always found that transit stations easily look much nicer in photographs in person, but those are beautiful anyways. One of my personal faves not pictured is the Drassanes metro station in Barcelona, which looks as if it was designed for a Star Wars set. Obviously not to everyone's taste, however.

Photos by Luis Rios for ArchitypeSource: http://architypesource.com/projects/660-drassanes-metro-station-reform

http://architypesource.com/img/uploaded/projects/660/1_spg.jpg

http://architypesource.com/img/uploaded/projects/660/3_spg.jpg

printguru
May 3, 2013, 5:35 PM
Many of the old soviet states have amazing stations - Kiev, Khuzik, Tahkent, all incredible. Germany and Sweden are no slouches either! While NY certainly has its nice stations I cant help but feel cheated looking at some of these, especially putting them side by side with your average NYC subway stop.

printguru
May 3, 2013, 5:37 PM
Muji that is an awesome station! Gonna add it to the article. THANKS!

muppet
May 3, 2013, 7:49 PM
My fave, Southwark Tube, London. Small but sweet

http://www.mjparchitects.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/02-2432-14-MJP-RA-EXHB-314x400.jpg http://womanseeksworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/southwark-tube.jpg
www.mjparchitects.co.uk, http://womanseeksworld.com
http://www.earth-photography.com/photos/Countries/England/England_London_JubileeSouthwarkSpaceship.jpg http://www.peacockshock.com/archives/southwark%20tube%20station-thumb.jpg
www.earth-photography.com, www.peacockshock.com
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8074/8326591876_782a045644_z.jpg
Barry Stewart, http://www.flickr.com/photos/barry_stewart/8326591876/

http://www.earth-photography.com/photos/Countries/England/England_London_Jubilee_Southwark_Tunnel.jpg
www.earth-photography.com



Westminster station - huge industrial ethos throughout


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7054/7041275927_ef5ae7ba91_z.jpg
Aaron Yeoman, http://www.flickr.com/photos/turnipfarmer/7041275927/
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_CU8nMvI-8Vo/TPfHg971NqI/AAAAAAAACV8/WtCAfiYsYgM/s1600/wesminster+2+copy.JPG

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/61/183613210_e4a36957e6.jpg http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7031/6654843949_379cb7304d_z.jpg
Dave Phillips, http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveaphillips/6654843949/

http://www.hopkins.co.uk/custom_images/800x555/usr/images/projects/109/project_page/wes_03.jpg http://static1.demotix.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/a_scale_large/1700-3/photos/1357909851-london-underground-new-and-old-during-the-150th-anniversary_1718253.jpg
www.hopkins.co.uk, http://static1.demotix.com,
http://static3.demotix.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/a_scale_large/1700-8/photos/1357909839-london-underground-new-and-old-during-the-150th-anniversary_1718248.jpg http://www.artofthestate.co.uk/photos/westminster_underground_station_2.jpg
http://static3.demotix.com, www.artofthestate.co.uk





Canary Wharf - like the inside of a whale


http://www.deceptivemedia.co.uk/wp-content/photoQimages/original/deview/050124_134908_1.jpg

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6100/6305019989_a13316f847_z.jpg http://www.greenroofs.com/archives/images/sg-canary_wharf_tube_station.jpg
vulture lab, http://www.flickr.com/photos/38181284@N06/6305019989/
www.greenroofs.com
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5020/5547738749_0dbe65b507_z.jpg http://art.tfl.gov.uk/file-uploads/medium/845o9938.jpg
Sean Batten, http://www.flickr.com/photos/seanbatten/5547738749/
http://art.tfl.gov.uk
http://detail-online.com/inspiration/sites/inspiration_detail_de/uploads/imagesResized/projects/780_1057-10787-downloadansichten-U-Bahnstation-London_Innenraum3.jpg
http://detail-online.com/inspiration

pip
May 4, 2013, 2:30 AM
I've heard some of Moscow's stations are almost like palaces.

from what I have seen, all courteous of here on SSP, Moscow is the king.

jd3189
May 4, 2013, 3:05 AM
The only metro in the US that has a chance of competing with these other metros and their stations is DC.

tascalisa
May 4, 2013, 6:38 AM
The only metro in the US that has a chance of competing with these other metros and their stations is DC.

Completely agree; DC's stations are subtly magnificent.

Illithid Dude
May 4, 2013, 7:00 AM
The only metro in the US that has a chance of competing with these other metros and their stations is DC.

Not true. Both L.A. and N.Y. have some really nice stations.

http://i.huffpost.com/gadgets/slideshows/13167/slide_13167_179141_large.jpg

That's the old NY city hall station.

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2345/2684447888_ebab831298_z.jpg?zz=1

Hollywood and Vine in L.A. The ceiling is covered in old film reels.

muppet
May 4, 2013, 7:58 AM
those are gorgeous, is the one in NY still in use?

muppet
May 4, 2013, 8:06 AM
Of the shed loads of art deco stations in London, especially in the outer ring, Southgate, Gants Hill, Boston Manor, East Finchley, Swiss Cottage some faves:

http://cache4.asset-cache.net/gc/159410288-art-deco-london-underground-station-and-gettyimages.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=GkZZ8bf5zL1ZiijUmxa7QUpWL86yuNK7ff1ZaEY0o55DiLRjNErQ7HXHSOG4tVxl3hdMWaBMEKU8NG7cCDhX0g%3D%3D http://now-here-this.timeout.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/gantshill.jpg

http://now-here-this.timeout.com
http://cdn.londonreconnections.com/assets/stamp4.jpg http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7131/6877125660_69d851c636_z.jpg
http://cdn.londonreconnections.com, www.edwinjonesphotography.com

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7010/6734666827_100aabd385_z.jpg http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3071/2638219227_91f8bf939b_z.jpg?zz=1
colonel hall, http://www.flickr.com/photos/69099590@N06/6734666827/, Fin Fahey, http://www.flickr.com/photos/albedo/2638219227/

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4qg4mbAKc1rqhc8bo1_500.jpg http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fGPnIECFYcc/US4rXdPQXcI/AAAAAAAABTM/JDDh-va_GRg/s640/London+Underground-90_1_2.jpg
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4qg4mbAKc1rqhc8bo1_500.jpg, http://leepellingphotography.blogspot.co.uk/

yankeesfan1000
May 4, 2013, 1:32 PM
those are gorgeous, is the one in NY still in use?

Unfortunately no. The subway cars that are in use today in NY are too long to make that turn. I believe you can tour that station though.

jcchii
May 4, 2013, 1:43 PM
westminster one is awesome

muppet
May 4, 2013, 10:25 PM
Unfortunately no. The subway cars that are in use today in NY are too long to make that turn. I believe you can tour that station though.

That makes it that little bit more awesome imo. Imagine how mysterious it is.

The Chemist
May 4, 2013, 11:54 PM
My favourite is definitely Canary Wharf - the design is amazing in that it can bring natural light far underground. Makes for a more pleasant platform level experience. :)

As far as Chinese Metros go - there aren't any beautiful stations here. They're not ugly per se, but functional is about as far as the designs here go.

Innsertnamehere
May 5, 2013, 12:18 AM
Toronto doesn't really have any nice ones, but it is building a couple. my favourite is the new "highway 407 station" on the spadina extension.

(these are all renders of course)

http://urbantoronto.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/display-default/images/projects/3030/urbantoronto-3030-18523.jpg

http://urbantoronto.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/display-default/images/projects/3030/urbantoronto-3030-18534.jpg

http://urbantoronto.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/display-default/images/projects/3030/urbantoronto-3030-18540.jpg


another one on the same extension:

http://urbantoronto.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/display-default/images/projects/836/836-2042.jpg

volguus zildrohar
May 5, 2013, 1:27 AM
That makes it that little bit more awesome imo. Imagine how mysterious it is.

That's City Hall station on the 4/5/6. 6 trains use the loop track after terminating one stop up the line to head back uptown. Tours do happen and once upon a time riders could remain on the train as it went through the loop but I think security measures after 9/11 shut that down.

ardecila
May 5, 2013, 3:03 AM
Not true. Both L.A. and N.Y. have some really nice stations.

They do, but the vast majority of stations in NY are not of this quality. LA does have nice, wide-open stations generally.

London has numerous showpiece stations from various eras... Art Deco, Modernism, and of course the entire Jubilee Line Extension. The average London tube station is pretty nice, though, with those vaulted ceilings and tile walls.

I don't mind the New York stations, though. They don't need to be palaces, especially when the city needs over 600 of them. The MTA needs to do a better job keeping them clean and dry, but that's a different problem.

Busy Bee
May 5, 2013, 6:43 PM
I'll throw one out there just for fun. It may not be for everyone but I'm particularly fond of Munich's Georg-Brauchle-Ring (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georg-Brauchle-Ring_%28Munich_U-Bahn%29) station:

http://static6.businessinsider.com/image/507ec9fdeab8eacf42000003-900/the-georg-brauchle-ring-station-was-decorated-with-400-panels-by-artist-franz-ackermann.jpg
><>< (http://static6.businessinsider.com/image/507ec9fdeab8eacf42000003-900/the-georg-brauchle-ring-station-was-decorated-with-400-panels-by-artist-franz-ackermann.jpg)

Nouvellecosse
May 5, 2013, 7:40 PM
^ That's gorgeous!

I tend to love the modern ones much more than the historic designs. The cities with the best overall collection so far are London and Barcelona, with Canary Wharf being my favourite.

sbarn
May 5, 2013, 8:38 PM
Moscow easily has the most beautiful stations I've ever seen. It was shameful to come back to New York and see the condition most our stations are in...

StethJeff
May 5, 2013, 11:05 PM
Not true. Both L.A. and N.Y. have some really nice stations.

Our stations in LA blow. Hollywood/Vine is quaint but is nothing near the level of what's been posted above.

dchan
May 5, 2013, 11:26 PM
Unfortunately no. The subway cars that are in use today in NY are too long to make that turn. I believe you can tour that station though.

Modern IRT trains can and do make the turn regularly (see volguus zildrohar's post). But yes, they are indeed too long - too long to use the station as a stop because the gap between the train doors and the platform is too large for passengers to board, disembark the train safely. You also have modern terrorism concerns given the stops proximity to City Hall.

muppet
May 6, 2013, 11:09 AM
The thing with subway design is everyone is taking a leaf from the way Madrid has recently built arguably the world's best
system. In order to make it fast, efficent and cost effective, and not something that takes a decade of disruption and billions
to build out go the showcase designs of the nineties and noughties. If you compare London's Jubilee Line extension built in the
90s (and winning Building of the Year for North Greenwich) with the new lines and stations going up today the detailing,
colours and snazzy designs are no more :(. It's sad because these buildings are the most used in the city - upwards of 100
million a year. They should be our modern day equivalents of cathedrals to the people.


The revamped Bank-Monument Station is still London's most hated and at 4th busiest has 14 exits, reaching housing capacity
of 100,000 people during the rush hours and getting many of them to walk 1 km underground to change between 10 platforms.
Even though it's clean, modern, functional and well lit, it's still utterly hated. It seems functional is not enough to deal with
crowds and interminable interchanges - you need individuality, style and panache in such a faceless place.

http://callprint3d.co.uk/images/case-studies/3D-bank-station-pic1.png
http://callprint3d.co.uk

http://woodrush.com/h/images/Bank%20Station%20cutaway.JPG
http://woodrush.com

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0c/Bank_station_DLR_platform_9_look_west.JPG/800px-Bank_station_DLR_platform_9_look_west.JPG
http://upload.wikimedia.org

initiald
May 6, 2013, 11:51 AM
Most MARTA stations are horribly, horribly dated looking, but I've always LOVED the exposed rock walls in Peachtree Center station.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9e/MARTA_Peachtree_Center.jpg/800px-MARTA_Peachtree_Center.jpg
Source (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MARTA_Peachtree_Center.jpg)

LeeWilson
May 6, 2013, 12:48 PM
Tokyo might have a kind of nice looking subway station somewhere, but I'm not sure where it is. The challenge would be to find the ugliest subway station.

MolsonExport
May 6, 2013, 1:40 PM
It may be brutalist (a style I generally dislike), but I still love the dungeons of Bonaventure Metro Station, Montreal.
http://www.stm.info/english/metro/images/mp15.jpg
stm
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d3/Bonaventuremetro2011.jpg/300px-Bonaventuremetro2011.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/03/Bonaventure-metro.jpg
wikipedia

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JxZ2J9xV5dM/TFC0yihjb7I/AAAAAAAAE_4/iSFlJi_iXAY/s1600/DSCF9372.JPG http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_JxZ2J9xV5dM/TFCxXO9aZ2I/AAAAAAAAE_Y/naiJrW2zlIk/s1600/DSCF9365.JPGhttp://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JxZ2J9xV5dM/TFCwu2XlvDI/AAAAAAAAE_A/jOr_QDOUdmw/s1600/DSCF9367.JPG
pictures-thoughts-comments sarah SBK
http://pictures-thoughts-comments.blogspot.ca/2010/07/montreal-bonaventure-metro-station.html

Webpage on Bonaventure Metro Station: http://www.metrodemontreal.com/orange/bonaventure/
http://www.metrodemontreal.com/orange/bonaventure/centre.jpghttp://www.metrodemontreal.com/orange/bonaventure/bridge.jpghttp://www.metrodemontreal.com/orange/bonaventure/mezzanine.jpghttp://www.metrodemontreal.com/orange/bonaventure/bonav-tunnel.jpg

http://montrealinpictures.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/feb15-2.jpg
montrealinpictures.com

Busy Bee
May 6, 2013, 5:32 PM
Arts et Métiers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arts_et_M%C3%A9tiers_%28Paris_M%C3%A9tro%29), Paris Metro:

http://pcdn.500px.net/12422735/6e0944eb9f90eb116ed204ee42dd58773c08f43a/4.jpg
><>< (http://pcdn.500px.net/12422735/6e0944eb9f90eb116ed204ee42dd58773c08f43a/4.jpg)

http://www.theworldroamer.com/photos/arts_et_metiers_station_paris.jpg
><>< (http://www.theworldroamer.com/photos/arts_et_metiers_station_paris.jpg)

Munchitup
May 6, 2013, 7:41 PM
Our stations in LA blow. Hollywood/Vine is quaint but is nothing near the level of what's been posted above.

If you think that you must not have ridden much transit in the United States.

LA's stations are nothing compared to the European and Asian stations shown above, but they don't "blow" either.

printguru
May 6, 2013, 9:03 PM
Wow, I turn my head for five minutes and this thread goes EPIC. Some great suggestions here - looks like that article is going to need some more updates.

These are awesome guys - keep em coming!

StethJeff
May 7, 2013, 3:20 AM
If you think that you must not have ridden much transit in the United States.

LA's stations are nothing compared to the European and Asian stations shown above, but they don't "blow" either.

Re-read the name of this thread. By comparison, yes, LA stations blow and shouldn't even be mentioned in this thread. I could care less whether other US stations are better/worse. But thanks for pointing that out. :rolleyes:

StethJeff
May 7, 2013, 3:21 AM
Most MARTA stations are horribly, horribly dated looking, but I've always LOVED the exposed rock walls in Peachtree Center station.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9e/MARTA_Peachtree_Center.jpg/800px-MARTA_Peachtree_Center.jpg

Couldn't agree more, that is stunning!

atlantaguy
May 7, 2013, 3:46 AM
^Yeah, this has always been my favorite station here. It's also our deepest, at about 120 feet below the street. The escalators are pretty dizzying to first time riders, and quite a few complain of vertigo-like feelings.

texcolo
May 7, 2013, 4:12 AM
A typical station in the DC Metro system...

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/95/278453110_e682b24a4d.jpg
source (http://farm1.static.flickr.com/95/278453110_e682b24a4d.jpg)

This might not be up to the standards presented earlier in this thread, but Mockingbird Station in Dallas is neat in it's own way...

http://www.nctcog.org/trans/sustdev/bikeped/access_to_rail/Photos_large/Mockingbird%20Station.jpg
source (http://www.nctcog.org/trans/sustdev/bikeped/access_to_rail/Photos_large/Mockingbird%20Station.jpg)

Shawn
May 7, 2013, 4:44 AM
Stockholm has some pretty crazy stations from what I have seen. Not in the same grand sense as Moscow, but very artsy.

Urbanguy
May 7, 2013, 5:53 AM
Man those Russians didn't mess around! Their stations look amazing.

Ch.G, Ch.G
May 8, 2013, 5:10 AM
Arts et Métiers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arts_et_M%C3%A9tiers_%28Paris_M%C3%A9tro%29), Paris Metro:

A steampunk subway station? That's amazing!

nito
May 8, 2013, 10:12 AM
Canary Wharf is definitely a ‘highlight’ station; London’s strength is in its spectacular diversity of station designs.

Notting Hill Gate
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8299/7838132816_8b6a51f197_b.jpg
Image taken by Trowbridge Estate: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaggers/7838132816/sizes/l/in/set-72157628751076515/

Aldgate
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8431/7835288544_d63e939e86_b.jpg
Image taken by Trowbridge Estate: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaggers/7835288544/sizes/l/in/set-72157628751076515/

White City
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8449/7998858134_3b17dfec18_b.jpg
Image taken by Trowbridge Estate: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaggers/7998858134/sizes/l/in/set-72157628751076515/

Arnos Grove
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7106/7811143126_9a1a1ba8bd_b.jpg
Image taken by Trowbridge Estate: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaggers/7811143126/sizes/l/in/set-72157628751076515/

Mornington Crescent
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8458/7951130036_7ca80978b0_b.jpg
Image taken by Trowbridge Estate: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaggers/7951130036/sizes/l/in/set-72157628751076515/

Earls Court
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8397/8648901815_a4bf22e11f_b.jpg
Image taken by mattbuck4950: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattbuck007/8648901815/sizes/l/in/photostream/

ac888yow
May 8, 2013, 4:21 PM
I'd say the stations for the newest metro lines in Athens, Greece are quite beautiful. They have the benefit of being new (Olympics time-frame), stunningly clean, modern (huge amounts of polished/matte marble), etc.

My favourites of them all are the "Acropolis" and "Syntagma" stations. They have all of the above features, but they're also like museums thanks to all of the displays of ancient sculptures and artifacts (many of which were actually discovered during the excavation process for the stations ... imagine the history!)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bhaktiamsterdam/6095957078/
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/86/Syntagma_Metro_Station_3.jpg
http://www.athens-greece.us/pictures-athens/athens-metro-syntagma-station.jpg
http://www.mlahanas.de/Greece/Cities/Athens/AcropolisStationAthensMetro02.html

Misterfreeman87
May 8, 2013, 4:32 PM
I really like Berlin´s S-Bahn stations.

Such as Hackescher Markt.

http://www.linien142.de/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Kultur_S-Bhf-Hackescher-Markt.jpg

http://apartmentberlincentre.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/23-the-train-and-metro-station-hackescher-markt-is-a-sightseeing-in-its-own-holiday-rental-berlin.jpg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_uL1m6tGB7xo/TMMc5N_G5xI/AAAAAAAAB1k/MZGjTRLfWZk/s1600/Hackescher+Markt+Berlin+004.jpg

LosAngelesSportsFan
May 8, 2013, 6:54 PM
a couple from LA

1) Union Station
http://www.you-are-here.com/downtown/union_station.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2780/4305242039_cdffa70c1c.jpg

2) Hollywood and Vine
http://designwire.interiordesign.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/RCH_HollywoodVine_Bonner_5634_001C.jpg
http://www.themarkeworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Hollywood-and-Vine-Station.jpg
http://www.urbanrail.net/am/lsan/pix/RD13-Hollywood-Vine-07.jpg

3) Gold Line
http://www.pasadenaneighborhoods.com/Chinatown_station_Los_Angeles_Metro_Gold_Line.JPG
http://dainabeth.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/soto-station-egg.jpg

staff
May 9, 2013, 3:03 PM
Triangeln station in Malmo has gotten a lot of praise as a beautiful modern underground station design:

http://pfnphoto.com/new/wp-content/gallery/archives/20120304-kopenhagen-0279.jpg

http://pfnphoto.com/new/wp-content/gallery/archives/20120304-kopenhagen-0294-panorama.jpg

http://pfnphoto.com/new/wp-content/gallery/archives/20120304-kopenhagen-0299.jpg

http://pfnphoto.com/new/wp-content/gallery/archives/20120304-kopenhagen-0320.jpg

http://pfnphoto.com/new/wp-content/gallery/archives/20120304-kopenhagen-0301-panorama.jpg

Source: http://pfnphoto.com/new/malmo-triangeln/


Certainly reminiscent of the tube station in Canary Wharf


http://felixgerlach.se/architecture/55%20Citytunneln/20.jpg

http://felixgerlach.se/architecture/55%20Citytunneln/48.jpg

http://felixgerlach.se/architecture/55%20Citytunneln/50.jpg

http://felixgerlach.se

Nouvellecosse
May 9, 2013, 6:41 PM
Yes, that it truly gorgeous! Dynamic, bright, and gently ornate without the archaic, over-the-top embellishment of some of the communist concoctions.

Ch.G, Ch.G
May 10, 2013, 1:45 AM
2) Hollywood and Vine
http://www.urbanrail.net/am/lsan/pix/RD13-Hollywood-Vine-07.jpg

This... is hideous.

R@ptor
May 10, 2013, 2:11 AM
A few photos I took last August in Moscow...



Mayakovskaya
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8304/7883068456_1ea3335bd6_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59238173@N07/7883068456/)
Mayakovskaya Metro Station, Moscow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59238173@N07/7883068456/) by JH_1982 (http://www.flickr.com/people/59238173@N07/), on Flickr

Belorusskaya
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8398/8602011084_a89b028cea_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59238173@N07/8602011084/)
Belorusskaya Metro Station, Moscow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59238173@N07/8602011084/) by JH_1982 (http://www.flickr.com/people/59238173@N07/), on Flickr

Komsomolskaya
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8520/8591512286_5147547649_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59238173@N07/8591512286/)
Komsomolskaya Metro Station, Moscow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59238173@N07/8591512286/) by JH_1982 (http://www.flickr.com/people/59238173@N07/), on Flickr

Novokuznetskaya
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8260/8644248674_4d548afe1a_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59238173@N07/8644248674/)
Novokuznetskaya Metro Station, Moscow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59238173@N07/8644248674/) by JH_1982 (http://www.flickr.com/people/59238173@N07/), on Flickr

Paveletskaya
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7442/8724205182_4ce4233a8d_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59238173@N07/8724205182/)
Paveletskaya Metro Station, Moscow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59238173@N07/8724205182/) by JH_1982 (http://www.flickr.com/people/59238173@N07/), on Flickr

Prospekt Mira
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8533/8626863397_6b2be3f73f_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59238173@N07/8626863397/)
Prospekt Mira Station, Moscow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59238173@N07/8626863397/) by JH_1982 (http://www.flickr.com/people/59238173@N07/), on Flickr

isaidso
May 10, 2013, 10:20 AM
I've always loved the stark beauty of Montreal's brutalist subway stations. It's definitely a case of love it or hate it though.

Monk Station, Green Line
http://images.lpcdn.ca/924x615/201301/31/641633-station-monk-deux-personnages-geants.jpg
Courtesy of LaPresse, Sculptures by Germain Bergeron

Bonaventure Station, Orange Line
http://www.urbancapture.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/121012-1732-Bonaventure-Metro-Station-Montreal-Quebec-Canada.jpg
Courtesy of urbancapture

Outremont Station, Blue Line
http://www.blork.org/mondaymorning/images/outremont_metro_station_montreal.jpg
Courtesy of mondaymorning

Universite de Montreal Station, Blue Line
http://www.imtl.org/image/big/2011_r_IMG_9977.jpg
Courtesy of Images Montreal

Pie IX Station, Green Line
http://montrealinpictures.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/84_365_mar24-3.jpg
Courtesy of Montreal in Pictures

muppet
May 10, 2013, 10:31 AM
These are the most used buildings in each city, upwards of 60-100 million users annually and holding up to 100,000 people in them during a rush hour period- they should be the modern day equivalent of the cathedrals of years past - but for the people by the people :).

LosAngelesSportsFan
May 10, 2013, 5:58 PM
the Moscow stations are, no doubt, beautiful, but they also seem to be VERY depressing.

202_Cyclist
May 10, 2013, 6:17 PM
I was impressed with LA's stations when we visited last summer. The stations were clean and all the escalators seemed to work (something WMATA here in DC hasn't figured out).

Quixote
May 10, 2013, 6:38 PM
the Moscow stations are, no doubt, beautiful, but they also seem to be VERY depressing.

Agreed. They look way too austere and "palatial" for my taste. Simplicity and practicality are the mark of good subway station design.

Quixote
May 10, 2013, 6:49 PM
LA's two best subway stations are Vermont/Beverly and Vermont/Sunset. Those are the only two that suit my taste.

Vermont/Beverly
http://www.urbanrail.net/am/lsan/pix/RD09-Vermont-Beverly-12.JPG
http://www.urbanrail.net/am/lsan/pix/RD09-Vermont-Beverly-12.JPG

http://s3-media4.ak.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/U4nNTu9miQuWlqg2JF-wbA/l.jpg
http://s3-media4.ak.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/U4nNTu9miQuWlqg2JF-wbA/l.jpg

Vermont/Sunset
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8472/8132452097_365b428c6d_b.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/39017545@N02/8132452097/sizes/l/in/photostream/

http://subwaynut.com/california/la_metro/red_line/vermont-sunset/vermont-sunset1.jpg
http://subwaynut.com/california/la_metro/red_line/vermont-sunset/vermont-sunset1.jpg

Quixote
May 10, 2013, 6:53 PM
This... is hideous.

Hey, it wouldn't be Hollywood if it wasn't tacky.

MolsonExport
May 11, 2013, 7:44 PM
These are the most used buildings in each city, upwards of 60-100 million users annually and holding up to 100,000 people in them during a rush hour period- they should be the modern day equivalent of the cathedrals of years past - but for the people by the people :).

:tup:

StethJeff
May 11, 2013, 8:33 PM
How do threads like this derail so badly so quickly? Worlds Most Beautiful Subway Stations isn't that ambiguous.

Quixote
May 11, 2013, 9:23 PM
^ Because this is the first thread in the history of SSP forums to get "derailed."

ardecila
May 12, 2013, 6:48 AM
Many of Paris' metro stations are steampunk without even trying. The whole genre was largely invented by French comic-book artists interpreting the relics of the Gilded Age, after all. In that period, the French tended to have a much greater degree of refinement on steel structures than Americans, and all the flanges, rivets, and the occasional gear became a particular form of ornament. Some might know the Bibliotheque Ste. Genevieve... obviously the Eiffel Tower as well, and anything else Eiffel built.

Getting back to metro stations:

Cite (Paris, 1910)
http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs32/f/2008/222/b/e/Metro_Cite_by_svensson.jpg
src (http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs32/f/2008/222/b/e/Metro_Cite_by_svensson.jpg)

electricron
May 12, 2013, 2:52 PM
How do threads like this derail so badly so quickly? Worlds Most Beautiful Subway Stations isn't that ambiguous.

When above grade and at grade stations are included as subway stations, it makes one wonder what below grade stations should be called?

texcolo
May 12, 2013, 5:08 PM
Oh for God's sake, I posted ONE picture of a station that's at the mouth of a tunnel and people are freaking out about the thread getting derailed.

It's ONE picture AND it's below grade... it's just not covered.

Gimme a break!

:sly:

Nouvellecosse
May 12, 2013, 5:33 PM
^ I don't think the complaints we being directed solely, or even predominantly, toward you. There were several different people who posted a variety of surface and even elevated stations - both indoor and open air - after your single picture.

texcolo
May 12, 2013, 7:01 PM
Oh ok.

I guess I'll chill then.

I was preparing for a

:shitstorm:

:haha: