These glass structures that pay tribute to Parisian subways became known as Fosteritos: during daytime they are fountains of light, and at night become guiding light signals for people to travel home. In Metro Bilbao (Spain) 33% of the train braking energy is converted into electricity. Foster + Partners is one of the few contemporary architecture firms that made large public underground spaces. The Metro Bilbao scale was conducted in two stages, between 1988 and 1995 and between 1997 and 2004. Using the daylight and the intuitive space in an intelligent way, the underground system encourages travelers to go in the right direction, without them needing to sign. "Pathways develop a sculpture of caverns, which take you right to the hole stations," said Foster about the design.
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Such stations are not a destination.
But in some parts of the world, they are surprisingly important works of art , great caverns with art, with beautiful architectural artifacts.
Some stations are like museums, others are like in a science fiction film and others like ballrooms.
Public stations attract respect and admiration of commuters, tourists and even art critics.
Many of the magnificent Soviet undergrounds, for example, were designed as "Palaces for the People", making investments they reach the royal opulence.
Architects have used so much alabaster, onyx, marble and mosaic, that if you do not see the train occasionally, you think you've arrived in the Kremlin Palace itself.
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