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Bilbao

Most new stations have been designed by Sir Norman Foster in 1995. The underground stations have striking roofed glass entrances. They are nicknamed 'fosteritos' after the architect and shelter escalators or stairways [arcspace.com], [metrobilbao.net], [urbanrail.fotopic.net]. The corporate logo as well as the Rotis typeface, which is used for all signs and paperwork, are by Otl Aicher, 1989 [metrobilbao.net].
Photo: A fosterito at Abando station.


Foster about his spacious concrete vaults: "A tunnel dug by man through earth and rock is a very special place. Its shape is a reaction to the forces of nature and the texture of its construction bears the seal of man. This must be respected, not covered up to make the place look like any other building. One must be able to feel being underground, and make it a good, special experience" (quoted from Metro Bilbao's Touristic Guide Map).
Photo: Barakaldo station built in 2002.

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