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  • 12.07.09

The Nine Coolest Subway Stations in the World

DesignBoom collects some remarkable subway designs that put our own to shame.

The Nine Coolest Subway Stations in the World
Bund Sightseeing tunnel

American subways suck–no surprise there. But you’d probably be surprised at just how remarkable subways can be in other countries.

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DesignBoom has collected nine outstanding examples. Above: Shanghai’s Bund Sightseeing tunnel, a 2,100-foot stretch of tunnel that connects The Bund–the city’s famous waterfront–with Pudong, it’s high-tech business district, which has sprung up from swampland in a mere 15 years.

Here: One of the stations in Stockholm’s subway system, designed by Per Olof Ultvedt in 1975. There are literally hundreds of art installations, strewn throughout the city’ 100 stations. As DesignBoom points out, many take advantage of the natural rock faces found through the tunnels, which give the entire thing a primordial feel unparalleled in the world.

Stockholm subway

Here, the ultra-futuristic, recently-completed Drassanes Station in Barcelona, by ON-A architects:

Drassanes Station

For pics of these phenomenal projects–and six more, from Tokyo to Moscow–go to DesignBoom.

About the author

Cliff is director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.

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