Monday, January 25, 2010

Santiago Calatrava's Liège-Guillemins TGV Railway Station

Santiago Calatrava's Liège-Guillemins TGV Railway Station in Liège, Belgium, 2009

Back from Brussels and back in business. I'll be writing gallery reviews, BRAFA fair coverage, and a Brussels guide appearing in the next few days. In the meantime, here are photographs of Santiago Calatrava's railway station in Liège, Belgium, which opened last year. A helpful press official explained that Calatrava decided to make the building mostly open-air because (1) visitors are likely to make only brief visits, since European high speed trains are rarely late and (2) because public, enclosed spaces tend to attract the wrong crowd. (On a marginally related note, I'd like to celebrate the fact that Wikipedia has entries for just about every stop on high speed European railways, which are navigable via a special table in each article.)

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