Metro Station Buildings – Subway Designs

Metro Stations, Underground Buildings, Tube Designs, Architects, Subway Architecture

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Major Underground Transportation Projects from around the world

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This page lists the principal Metro designs across the globe. We aim to select Underground buildings + subway designs that are either of top quality or interesting or ideally both.

We cover completed Metro buildings, new subway building designs, architectural exhibitions and Underground design competitions. The focus is on contemporary Underground buildings but information on traditional subway buildings + stations is also welcome.

We have 1 page of Subway Architecture selections with links to hundreds of individual project pages.

Metro Station – Latest Designs

Undeground Station Architecture – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

Riyadh Metro, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – 29 Jul 2013
Design: FCC
Riyadh Metro
image from architect

FCC, the infrastructure and environmental services group, has achieved a new milestone in international construction. The company has been awarded one of the contracts to build the Riyadh metro (Saudi Arabia), which has an estimated budget of over 16.3 billion euro, i.e. 2.5 times the cost of the Medina-Mecca railway. This is the largest international contract in the history of construction in which a Spanish company has been awarded a contract. The consortium headed by FCC will build lines 4, 5 and 6 of the metro. The contract is worth 6.070 billion euro.

Elbbrücken Underground Station, Hamburg, Germany
Design: von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp)
Elbbrücken Underground Station Building
image © Gärtner+Christ

Elbbrücken Underground Station – 3 May 2013
The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have won first prize in the competition for the design of the Elbbrücken Underground station. The station will be located in the future district of the same name, at the eastern end of Hamburg‘s Hafencity, and will, at least for the time being, be the end station of the recently opened U4 Underground line.

Bleecker Street Station Restoration & Upgrade, New York, USA
Design: Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects with Weidlinger Associates
Bleecker Street Metro Station Building
photo © Wade Zimmermann Photography

Bleecker Street Metro Station – 18 Mar 2013
The MTA’s $94.5 m rehabilitation of the Bleecker Street Station complex, designed by Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects (LHPA) in a joint venture with Weidlinger Associates, structural engineers, introduces an uptown link between two major subway lines while returning one of the city’s oldest stations to its original glory. It includes a 300-ft extension of the Bleecker Street IRT uptown platform and a new transfer connection between it and the Broadway-Lafayette station on the IND line. It also restores the landmarked IRT station’s 1904 Beaux-Arts finishes, which were designed by the noted architecture firm Heins & LaFarge; widens the downtown platform by 240 feet; introduces ADA access and efficient movement; and consolidates NYCT facilities.

Metro Station Building – Recent Underground Designs

Rochor MRT Station, Singapore
Architects 61 Pte
MRT Station Singapore
picture from architects

Mass Rapid Transit Station Singapore – 21 Sep 2011
For Rochor Mass Rapid Transit Station, the design was inspired by circuit board design, with its fluid digital patterns to signify dynamism and movement. The circuit board becomes a fitting identity to the surrounding context, with the adjoining areas of Sim Lim being the IT hub of Singapore.

Università Station at Metropolitana di Napoli
Karim Rashid / Atelier Mendini
Naples subway station
photo : Iwan Baan

Università Station at Metropolitana di Napoli – 9 Aug 2011
The University of Naples subway station is highly trafficked by a multi-cultural, academic community of thousands of passengers a day. A creative concept was designed for this subway station that communicates and embodies knowledge in the new digital age, language in the shrinking global landscape, innovation and mobility in this third technological revolution.

Underground Station Buildings

Key Metro Stations / Subway Building Projects, alphabetical:

Canary Wharf Station – Jubilee Line Extension, London, UK
Foster + Partners
Canary Wharf Station
photo © Adrian Welch

Canary Wharf Station Building

Crossrail Stations, London, England
various Architects
Crossrail Station
picture from Crossrail

Crossrail Stations
Crossrail has been granted its third and final planning consent for the new Crossrail station at Bond Street in the West End of London. The latest approval to be granted by Westminster City Council is for a masterplan station around the eastern side of the scheme, facilitating enhanced accessibility to the ticket hall at Hanover Square. The masterplan station also increases the size of the over station development, allowing the developer, Great Portland Estates, to maximise the development opportunities of the site.

Singapore Stadium MRT Station, Singapore
WOHA Architects
Singapore Stadium MRT
image : Patrick Bingham-Hall

Stadium MRT Station Building
Stadium MRT Station was commissioned through the Marina Line Architectural Design Competition jointly organized by the Singapore Land Transport Authority and the Singapore Institute of Architects. The open, anonymous international competition, requiring no track record is acknowledged by the industry as one of the best run competitions held in Singapore to date. The Land Transport Authority continued their commitment to design throughout the design development and construction phases.

West 8th Street Subway Station Project, New York, USA
Acconci Studio
Manhattan Subway development
picture from architect

Manhattan Subway development
“The architect started a wave; we came in later and tried to make a wave, break a wave. Like a rise and fall of sand, like an ocean wave: use the wave, then, to make a view – the force of a wave – the wave forces a view. Not a picture of a wave, not a wave in two dimensions. A wave in all directions. The façade itself should be a wave, like a wave in the ocean, like a wave of sand.
The façade waves out, bulges out, to enclose the stairway up to the station. A ramp to the station: the façade waves up and down, it waves out, it breaks to make an entrance.”

Wilhelminaplein Metro Station, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Zwarts & Jansma Architects
Wilhelminaplein Metro Station
photo from architect

Wilhelminaplein Metro Station : New Station Building under the Kop van Zuid
The Wilheminahof was designed for the banks of the Maas, next to the abutment of the Erasmus Bridge. The project, a combination of courthouse, tax office and other offices, was meant to be a stimulus for the southern bank of the Maas, with the ambition of drawing the centre of the city out across the river. The Wilhelminaplein metro station had to be constructed beneath this complex of buildings. Immediately after the metro tunnel has passed through under the Maas, the tube is still at its deepest point, and it then rises as steeply as possible in order to attain the level of the aboveground metro line.

More Underground Station designs + subway architecture online soon

Nordpark Cable Railway

Grand Central Station

Jubliee Line Station Designs

Zurich Railway Station

Rossio Station Building

London Underground Stations
Park Royal Underground Station
photo © Nick Weall

Underground Station developments – no images, alphabetical:

Capodichino underground station redevelopment, Naples, Italy

Richard Rogers Partnership

Monte S Angelo Metro entrances + tunnel link, Traiano, Naples, Italy

Future Systems + Anish Kapoor

Santa Maria del Piento Metro station, Naples, Italy
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

More Metro Stations + Subway Building projects online soon

Railway Station Architecture – no images, alphabetical:

Railway Station Redevelopments:

Cannon Street Railway Station

Buildings / photos for the Contemporary Metro Stations + Subway Architecture page welcome

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