01. T-Centralen Station
At the heart of Stockholm’s metro system lies T-Centralen, the sole station where the Swedish capital city’s three lines converge. The busy station is easily recognized by its white and blue colors, as well as the leaf motif that runs along the sides and ceiling. Designed by artist Per Olof Ultvedt with the intention of creating a calming space for everyday commuters, T-Centralen is a standout amongst the metro system’s many stations.
02. Komsomolskaya Station
The awe-inspiring grandeur of Moscow’s Komsomolskaya Station rivals that of any Baroque palace. With its ornate golden details, lush tones and sizable chandeliers, the station is a sight to behold beneath the bustling Komsomolskaya Square. Sometimes referred to as “Moscow’s Sistine Chapel,” the Alexey Shchusev–designed station features grand mosaics by Pavel Korin that depict victorious moments in Russian history.
03. World Trade Center PATH Station
Santiago Calatrava’s signature curved white lines and futuristic silhouettes are easily identifiable in the design of the World Trade Center PATH station in New York City. The transportation hub opened to the public in March 2016 at an estimated cost of $4 billion; nearly double the original budget. Costs aside, the hub’s main hall — called the Oculus — is an incredible display of Calatrava’s architectural prowess.
04. Arts et Métiers Station
Stepping foot into the Paris Métro’s Arts et Métiers station is like immersing yourself into the science fiction fantasies of French adventure novelist Jules Verne. Complete with portholes, life-sized cogs and brass details, the station is the brainchild of Belgian comic book artist François Schuiten. The steampunk design and aquatic atmosphere make for a commute filled with wonder and child-like reverie in this storybook Métro station.
05. Kanazawa Station
Located in the capital city of Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture, Kanazawa Station provides a contemporary foil to the classic landscapes and well-preserved Edo Period districts of the castle town. Commuters are welcomed by the immense Tsuzumi gate (named after the traditional tsuzumi drum) and the stunning umbrella-shaped Motenashi Dome. Although the stark contrast between the station’s cutting-edge design and the traditional city initially received mixed reviews, the station has become a popular destination for tourists.
Written by Nicole Wong
Headline image of Jane station in Toronto, Canada, by Matthew Wiebe