I know for me, I imagine any subway station to be full of garbage, rats, lots of people, and just dirty. However, after I found out that these beautiful photos below are of actual subway tunnels from around the world, my view has instantly changed. These are now on my bucket list of places to travel someday.
1. Toledo Metro Station – Naples, Italy
One of Metro Napoli’s Metro Art Stations, it was designed around the themes of water and light.
2. Radhuset Station – Stockholm, Sweden
It is dramatically lit and is made to resemble the inside of a volcano.
3. Kievskaya, Mayakovskaya and Park Pobedy Stations – Moscow, Russia
The art and design of these stations is to celebrate Russo-Ukrainian unity.
4. Avtovo Metro Station – St. Petersburg, Russia
Avtovo’s unique and highly ornate design features columns faced with ornamental glass.
5. Bund Sightseeing Tunnel – Shanghai, China
This is one of the top 5 tourist attractions in China. A tunnel that showcases the historic Bund area of China.
6. Arts Et Metiers Station – Paris, France
The Station was designed by Belgian artists in a style reminiscent of the scient fiction works of Jules Verne.
7. Tilework in Szent Gellert Square – Budapest, Hungary
This beautiful mosaic is designed 100% from tile. Beautiful.
8. University of Naples Subway Station – Italy
According to the designer, “… vivacious fluorescent colors and innovative materials which can properly accommodate expressive and poetic needs; a transit area capable of touching the emotional sphere of the passenger, bringing beauty and pleasure into the daily commute.”
10. Formosa Boulevard Station – Kaohsiung, Taiwan
The station is known for its “Dome of Light”, the largest glass work in the world.
11. Kungstradgarden Metro Station – Stockholm, Sweden
This beautiful station features relics rescued from the many buildings pulled down during the redevelopment of central Stockholm during the 1950s and 1960s.
12. City Hall Station – New York, NY
Opened on October 27, 1904, this station underneath the public area in front of City Hall was designed to be the showpiece of the new subway.
13. T-Centralen Station – Stockholm, Sweden
T is an abbreviation for “tunnelbana”, the Swedish word for “underground” or “subway”.
14. Olaias Station – Lisbon, Portugal
This station boasts contemporary art with dramatic coloring and beautifully designed tiles.
15. Stadion Station – Stockholm, Sweden
This station features a wide variety of artists drawn from the art scene over the last 55 years.
16. Slavyansky Bulvar Station – Moscow, Russia
This beautiful station was designed by architect S. Volovich.
Like I said, looking at these beautiful pieces of art, my view of subway tunnels has completely changed. Have you been to any of these incredible stations?