As of 4:10 pm local time, the protests in Cairo and other major cities in Egypt continue, even after the night curfew has started. Multiple deaths have been reported today and some have been recorded on video. Mubarak has ordered the military to join the riot police in Cairo. He is about to make a statement on Egyptian television.
The blog DesignBoom has a great photo series of some of the most original, beautiful subway stations around. The picture above is of Stockholm’s ‘Tunnelbana’ system, which has been built into the rocky underground of the city.
the subway system in stockholm, sweden features art installations in almost every station. the city’s 100 stations feature art by almost 140 artists and it is often called the world’s longest art gallery. the system may focus on artwork, but it also features a number of stations with unusual architecture. the t-centralen station is one of the most distinctive designed by per olof ultvedt in 1975. the station features a massive mural painted on the cavern like ceiling that exposes the rocky core of the city. many of the system’s stations also feature this unique cavern ceiling that gives them an organic feeling and unique atmosphere.
This is Munich’s relatively new U-bahn system:
munich’s u-bahn subway system only began in 1972, but it has quickly grown into a 98 station system spread across the entire city. because of its young age munich had the advantage of learning from the mistakes of other systems creating spacious and efficient stations. while the first stations were quite plain, the architecture of its new stations is often quite daring. some stand out stations include the colourful dulferstrasse station designed by peter lanz and jurgen rauch and westfriedhof, which features lighting installations by ingo mauer.
In Shanghai, they have a crazy ‘Bund’ sightseeing tunnel, with lightning effects, music and sounds.
the bund sightseeing tunnel located in shanghai, china isn’t technically a subway system but rather a short distance transporter. measuring only 647m long, the train tunnel connects the bund to pudong. along the way the rider is bombarded with lighting effects, music and special effects that turn the ride into something out of this world.
And in Barcelona, the lay-out of the Drassanes station seems to be inspired by 2001:
the spanish firm on-a arquitectura recently remodeled the barcelona subway station drassanes. the space’s new design was based on the concept of using the same materials as the subway cars that drive through the station. a white concrete covers the walls and slowly blends into the floors which were made vibration proof. the ceiling was made black to contrast the white and is lined with long angular light fixtures. other corridors in the station feature a mosaic of oversized tiles in a variety of vivid colours.