Sublime design and architecture aren’t exactly what you think about when metro stations come to mind. But dark, drippy and dingy isn’t what any of these underground spots are. Instead, they’re works of art. Here are the most magnificent.
Radhuset Station, Stockholm
This station almost challenges the boundaries of reality and the relationship between life and art. Whether you think it looks like fire or the steamy gate to hell, would you say this sci-fi art is a metaphor for a daily commute at rush hour?
Kievskaya, Mayakovskaya and Komsomolskaya Stations, Moscow
We couldn’t choose just one station in Moscow because all the metros here are phenomenal and look more like a luxurious ballroom or royal palace than a means of transportation. Well, they are good at making this extravagantly over the top!
Toledo Metro Station, Naples
This place is a work of art that looks like a galaxy out of our wildest fantasies. Created by a diverse group of architects, designers and artists, this stunning blue-purple mosaic is the color of serenity, taking the chaos out of a daily commute.
Arts et Métiers Metro, Paris
This copper-topped metro station was designed by Belgian comics artist François Schuitenin in steampunk style in 1994. The polished, brass tinted walls with portholes, wooden seats and cogs give the aesthetic of a submarine, transporting you from the subway to a magical sea-craft.
Szent Gellert Square, Budapest
While some metro stations might look dark, this infuses it with some much needed color, courtesy of artist Tamás Komoróczky. The tile-work is soaring and meticulous in this metro, perfect for an Instagram opp. It is almost an optical illusion with its soaring symmetry, drawing us in like a colorful black hole.
Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, Shanghai
Filled with futuristic zings of neon and psychedelic, illuminated scenes, you’ll feel like you’ve been inserted into the movie Bladerunner. This 636.7 meter long tunnel connects the Bund and Lujiazui Area of the Pudong District. Filled with multimedia effects, the train walls are clear and let you get a 360 degree view through the 3-5 minute ride.
Formosa Boulevard Station, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
This elegant, beautiful design is one that’s worth traveling to the opposite side of the world for. Known as the dome of life, this station is filled with glorious stained glass. It’s actually the largest glass work in the world, cocking in at a diameter of 30 meters, and covering an area of 2,180 square meters with 4,500 glass panels.
Grand Central, NYC
While NYC is a hectic, chaotic city where you can never seem to catch your breath, Grand Central is a Bizarre sanitary within the chaos, with its class beauty. Massive windows are placed against a huge dome ceiling with magnificent celestial artwork that transports you to another era.
Atocha Station, Madrid
Can’t decide between the metro and the botanical garden? With the natural decor of Atocha, you don’t have to. Get your daily dose of plant oxygen in the lush greenery which sits densely in the middle of the huge glass and steel station.
King’s Cross St. Pancras station, London
The architectural structures at play in the interior King’s Cross are massive and stunning to marvel at. A big, white and solid criss kross net looks both contemporary and futuristic within the busy hub.