Metro Bilbao

Norman Foster

Foster won the design competition for the metro stations and was responsible for eight of the stations on line one. The stations are "lined with prefabricated concrete cladding and completed with prefabricated metallic elements, which are virtually maintenance-free: mezzanines, staircases, ticket machines and lifts. Outside the station, the curved glass shelters have come to be recognized as symbols of the new underground" (Cenicacelaya et al 37). The shelters are now called "fosteritos." These curved glass structures, because of their unique way of signalling the Metro line at street level, can be compared to the Art Nouveau Metro entrances in Paris. (See Guimard.) Their shape suggests movement and they are engineered to admit natural light during daylight hours.

The "Fosteritos"


Underground tunnels and stations

Work Cited: J. Cenicacelaya, A. Román, I. Saloña. Bilbao: Guide to Architecture. Bilbao: COAVN Bizkaia, 2002.

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