Oriente Station: Bus Terminal (page 1 of 3)

Santiago Calatrava

The bus platforms with the elevated train platform in the background

Calatrava won the competition for the design of a station for visitors to the 1998 Expo. He transformed this former industrial wasteland into an urban renewal project and in the process created an important station not only for the World's Fair visitors but travelers on intercity trains, bus lines, and metro lines. In addition, the Expo's Portuguese Pavilion by Alvaro Siza is planned to house the city government of Lisbon. Thus, a new city center is in the process of creation.

Wave-like forms

Like much of Calatrava's architecture, which suggests organic or natural shapes, the wave-like forms of the bus platforms allude to the nearby sea.

The bus platforms

Stairways up from the bus platforms lead to the main station.

Wave-like roofs


The bus platforms

Stairways up from the bus platforms lead to the main station.

The elevated hallway leading to the central station

Continue to page 2 for views of the train terminal.

Work Consulted:
Alexander Tzonis. Santiago Calatrava: The Poetics of Movement. New York: Universe Publishing, 1999.

Other buildings on this site by Calatrava include: Campo Volantin Footbridge; El Alamillo Bridge, Seville, Spain; Communication Tower, Barcelona, Spain; Milwaukee Art Museum; Sondica Airport, Bilbao, Spain.

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