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Brown is the new white

A lamp inside Zurich Wiedikon train station, built in 1927 by architect and Stadtbaumeister Hermann Herter.


I always had a soft spot for this building, a little-used station on the Zurich S-Bahn network, with perfectly preserved 1930s architecture and original signage. The small entrance hall still sports two commercial frescoes for the Jelmoli warehouse, dating from the same period. A must see for architecture buffs!


À propos architecture, I was quite disappointed later that day when I learned that photography was strictly prohibited inside the superb library of the Law Faculty, built by one of my favorite architects of all time, Santiago Calatrava. I hate such restrictions, what's the point in hiring a big-name architect and then shooing away visitors naturally attracted by his work?

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Taken on January 23, 2010