Santiago Calatrava: Liège Guillemins Station

HSRS Liege

Santiago Calatrava was born on July 28, 1951 in Valencia, Spain. His professions include fine art, architecture, and civil engineering. Calatrava’s work has gained international recognition and his work stands out because he designs structures that resemble the shapes and motion of organic objects. He is overall a very modernist designer who incorporates geometric lines and manifests them through the construction elements of concrete, glass, and steel. Calatrava’s high speed rail station design in Liège, Belgium is called the Liège Guillemins Station. This mass transit rail station opened officially to the public on September 18, 2009. The high-speed railway station is one of the city’s most important hubs in the country, and accommodates usage to more than 36,000 people a day. The railway station’s structure design is that of a transparent façade made of glass and steel; for purpose being that Calatrava meant for the design to establish a transitional interaction between the interior of the station and the city of Liège itself. The arched shape of the modern structure was designed to resemble the Cointe hills in the landscape of the city of Liège. Calatrava’s transparent design also meant to expose the trains and the working platforms to show off the dynamic movement of passengers and trains in a busy station as well as the innovative technology of the high-speed railway station. This magnificent structure allows for the users to experience the city and notice the landscape beyond the urban city from inside of the railway station itself.



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