Rabu, 23 September 2009
Gare do Oriente Train Station, Lisbon Portugal
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Santiago Calatrava designed the Gare do Oriente in Parque das Nações, completed in 1998 for the World Expo.
The station acts as a hub for high speed rail trains, regional and commuter trains, and bus transit. Pedestrian and transportation routes are creatively delineated through concrete structural systems and intersecting paths. Calatrava's gothic spires recall his Brookfield Place in Toronto.
A maze of ramps and lifts connect three primary sections. Each of the three levels take on a special structural form. Pure white organic structure above gives way to cave-like concrete below. The ticket stations are rather insensitive to the local context, spread about rather than centrally located.
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