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).
There's a faint chirping sound while the doors are open and a series of warning beeps when they close. A pre-recorded female voice announces transfer stations in Basque and Spanish. For other stations the generic station name is announced only once.