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Snøhetta Builds Gem-Like Subway Stations In Basque Country

The glass-and-steel structures will be scattered like glowing beacons around the city of Donostia-San Sebastián.

Snøhetta Builds Gem-Like Subway Stations In Basque Country

A couple of months back, we brought you a lovely proposal by BABELStudio for the metro-station entrances of Donostia-San Sebastián. The plan–cavelike openings that looked as if they had been lifted from the sidewalk like a concrete carpet–didn’t take the competition’s top prize. Now, we present the city’s choice: a gleaming glass-and-stainless-steel faceted canopy by Snøhetta.

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The structure, according to the firm, references coral, a nod to the nearby Bay of Biscay, and was designed to convey a sense of openness; the expansive canopy extends below ground to become a glass ceiling. It will no doubt serve its intended purpose of being an easily identifiable icon for the Basque city. We’d be hard-pressed to deny the bauble-licious appeal of Snøhetta’s proposal, but we implore another city to pick up BABELStudio’s quirkier but no less worthy design.

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A former editor at such publications as WIRED, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fast Company, Belinda Lanks has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, Interior Design, and ARTnews.

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