Porto metro, Portugal

São Bento station, Alvaro Siza
São Bento station, Alvaro Siza

During my Erasmus studies in Porto, I was impressed by the beautiful subway system they have there. Unlike in Belgium -where most subway stations are dark, gloomy places with a certain unpleasant smell-, the stations there were modern, spacious, and above all: light.

They were not designed by some anonymous civil engineer, but by Portugal’s most praised architects. The likes of Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura, for instance.

Every station is completely different, yet alike. The use of similar construction materials throughout the whole subway system creates a sense of uniformity.

 

 

São Bento station:

São Bento station, Alvaro Siza

São Bento station, Alvaro Siza

São Bento station, Alvaro Siza

São Bento station, Alvaro Siza

 

 

Salgueiros station:

Salgueiros station, Eduardo Souto de Moura

Salgueiros station, Eduardo Souto de Moura

 

 

Dragão station:

Dragão station, Eduardo Souto de Moura

Dragão station, Eduardo Souto de Moura

Dragão station, Eduardo Souto de Moura

Dragão station, Eduardo Souto de Moura



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