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"Metro station design. The european experience" Makri Athanasia

The means of transport that move on rails have the advantage to move independently from the rest means of transport. If we define metro as the underground railway, we see that it is independent, since the trains move under the ground without influencing the environment of the city. The stations’ entrances are the only places that reveal the existence of metro in street level.

This project is about the different options in metro station design in some of the most interesting metro nets in Europe; those of London, Paris, Stockholm, Moscow and Bilbao.

The function and the design of the metro stations are directly related to the period of time they are constructed in and the constructors’ choices. A thorough look of these nets reveals similarities and differences regarding to the design and the function of the stations. We can see different approaches about the sense of underground, the natural and technical light, the materials that are used, the approach of platforms, the sense of orientation and the design of stations in the same metro line.