Dark, dingy and generally unsafe – this is what generally pops up in our mind when we think of most metro stations. However, riding in the metro needn’t always be a journey to the dark side. There are exceptions and in order to explore them, we delve into the underground world of, well, the underground. We’ve put together a collection of the most awe-striking metro stations around the globe that have become bona-fide destinations for those passionate about architecture, art and history.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai
Formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai is a classic example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in India. It’s remarkable stone dome, turrets, pointed arches and eccentric ground plan are all blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture. The meeting of two cultures – British architects and Indian architectural tradition forged a new unique style to Bombay
The Toledo Station, Naples
One of the deepest stations in Naples, Italy, The Toledo Stations is a stunning wonderland! Called ‘Light Panels’, it’s the artwork of Robert Wilson and is based around themes of light and water.
The gateway to Moscow, Komsomolskaya station is nothing less than a ballroom with its baroque-style décor, historical mosaics and chandeliered ceilings.
Formosa Boulevard, Taiwan
Half metro station, half kaleidoscope, Formosa Boulevard in Kaohsiung, Taiwan revolves around a dazzling ‘Dome of Light’ which is said to be the largest glass work in the world. With such ecclesiastical appearance, it’s no surprise that it’s been proposed as a venue for mass weddings.
Admiralteyskaya, St. Petersburg
No one can prove it better than Admiralteyskaya metro stop in St. Petersburg, Russia that classic and modern design can coexist harmoniously. Stark curved ceilings and low lighting complimenting traditional marble and arched platforms is a sight to behold.
Stadion Station, Stockholm
A colourful rainbow design arch, Stadion Station in Stockholm, Sweden is the nation’s most beautiful metro station. The station is a tribute to the Olympic Games, which Sweden hosted in 1912.
Kungstradgarden Metro Station, Stockholm
Stockholm’s deepest metro station is also an ecological wonder. It’s one of the most visually striking stations with exposed rocks reaching up to arched ceilings decorated with colourful mosaics. Original artworks hanging or directly painted onto the walls are a sight to behold.
Arts Et Metiers Station located in Paris, France
This Jules Verne inspired metro station transports you to the parallel universe of artist François Schuiten. The submarine décor plunges all its visitors deep inside mysterious machinery from a faraway past or unknown future.
Olaias Station, Lisbon
Olaias station arguably makes the greatest impact on every traveller visiting it. Its hallucinatory and disconcerting impact makes you feel like you’re trapped in a giant kaleidoscope.
Grand Central Terminal, New York
You’ll be transported by the iconic beauty and lasting legacy of Grand Central Terminal, the most beautiful station in NYC. This historic world-famous landmark is not just a transportation hub; it’s also a shopping, dining and cultural destination; all under one magnificent roof.
Though it is the great great grandparent of all the world’s metro stations, but Westminister is the most futuristic-looking.
Arjan Garh Station, Delhi
Arjan Garh Metro Station in Delhi, India is surrounded by a forest area and this served as an inspiration for the art splayed on the walls here. Unique indigenous birds and animals found in India are depicted in the paintings that adorn the walls of the station. Painted by artists from India, Mexico and Singapore, they’re extremely vivid and pop out of walls in gorgeous bright colours.