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La gare de Liège-Guillemins (5/27)

Main (lower) concourse of Liège-Guillemins station (Wallonia, Belgium).

 

We were in Liège for a conference and were able to spend an hour or so wandering around this astonishing new station just before we took our own train to Brussels, to go home. It's worth a visit to Liège in its own right. Having passed through Liège on quite a few occasions over the years, it has been interesting to see the old station gradually being replaced by this new structure.

 

THE VIEW

This view shows the northern street-level concourse, looking north. The stylish curves here remind me of Gaudí's Art Nouveau buildings in Barcelona.

 

BACKGROUND NOTE ABOUT THE STATION

This is one of Europe's newest and most spectacular larger railway stations. It was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava , and opened in 2009, to replace an older one, and to incorporate track alterations to accommodate international high speed train services. The architecture is best appreciated in the photos on the architect's own website (see above), but I've tried to capture it too in other photos in this series. Was Piranesi an influence on Calatrava's design? On Google Satellite it appears as a large space-age blister.

 

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Brian

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Taken on August 28, 2011