Next stop art

Around the world, subway stations provide access to rapid transport. But some go further and offer a richer urban experience. By Elke Hildebrandt

With its pale blue theme and magnificent rainbow, Stadion station is a Stockholm landmark. 94 of the Swedish capital’s 100 metro stations feature sculptures, mosaics, frescoes and changing installations.


Colourful ambience

Created by multiple artists, the Olaias metro station in Lisbon was opened for Expo 1998. The artwork entitled “Ascensão” (Ascension) by Pedro Cabrita Reis dominates the main entrance hall.

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Art Stations line

Designed by Oscar Tusquets Blanca, Toledo station in Naples is widely regarded as the most beautiful in Europe. Natural light is channelled to a depth of 40 metres through a cone, creating a fascinating play of light on the silver-blue mosaic.  

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Fantastic worlds

At the Arts et Métiers station in Paris, the platform for line 11 features shining copper plates and portholes. The atmosphere is reminiscent of the interior of the fictional Nautilus submarine in Jules Verne’s classic novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. 

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