Belgium is all about trains and railway stations, dilapidated and new ones. In this episode the Liège Guillemins TGV Station by Santiago Calatrava in 28 frames. For all other information and reviews check YouTube, ArcSpace, SkyScraperCity, Inhabitat, World Architecture News, The Guardian, Wikipedia, Google Images, Dezeen, Archinect, Bing, AltaVista, Icon and Oamos.
(…) Beside the railway requirements to be met when modernizing the site, Euro Liege TGV SA made the station’s aesthetics a central concern. And it innovated by launching an international architectural competition in 1996, as a result of which Santiago Calatrava was chosen to design the station’s volumes and aesthetics. An approach which, at that time, was unprecedented for Belgian railways. [Dezeen]
(…) Made from glass, steel and pre-cast concrete, this monumental work of architecture has no façade in the traditional sense – instead it blurs the boundaries between interior and exterior. It is sheltered by a huge vaulted canopy that rises 475 feet above its 5 platforms. This glazed, transparent umbrella lets plenty of natural light in throughout the day, and it’s slightly tinted to provide protection from the sun’s harshest rays. [Inhabitat]
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