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Oporto Gallery

Oporto (Porto), Portugal (Europe)


Metro do Porto is the name of the new light rail in the Portugal's second largest city. The system was opened in 2002, with almost all stations designed by Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, an apprentice of Alvaro Siza. Souto de Moura was involved in other important projects in the city, such as the restauration of the magnificent Avenida dos Aliados. São Bento station, as an exception, has been designed by Alvaro Siza.

The fourteen spacious underground stations are of clean, minimalistic elegance with tiles, glass, steel, concrete and rough metal plates. Light and perspective create a sophisticated atmosphere. The squared tiles have a classical handmade look and feel to them and look more precious than those usually found in tile-clad subway stations of other cities. At first glance, all stations look similar but at closer look there are striking differences. Ceilings can be vaulted, rectangular, triangular, or trapezoid. Sometimes there's a surprising curved wall, a deconstructivist structure creeping up a stairway, an interesting ray of daylight or an archaeological artefact.

Other means of transport include historic trams, funiculars, and regional rail lines.

Recommended tour: Take a look at all underground stations, the Airport station, and the stretch between São Bento and Jardim do Morro for its excellent bird's eye view of the city.

Entrance Sign

Several entrances are marked by striking steel-and-glass steles.

Typical Entrance

Casa da Música station. Lines A, B, C, E.

Estádio do Dragão

Lines A, B, C, E.

Estádio do Dragão

Lines A, B, C, E.

Estádio do Dragão

Lines A, B, C, E.

Estádio do Dragão

Lines A, B, C, E.

Campanha

Lines A, B, C, E.

Heroísmo

Lines A, B, C, E.

Heroísmo

Lines A, B, C, E.

Heroísmo

Lines A, B, C, E.

Campo 24 de Agosto

Lines A, B, C, E.

Campo 24 de Agosto

Lines A, B, C, E.

Campo 24 de Agosto

Lines A, B, C, E. A fountain from the 16th century (Arca de Água de Mijavelhas) found during construction has been integrated in the concourse level.

Campo 24 de Agosto

Lines A, B, C, E.

Campo 24 de Agosto

Lines A, B, C, E.

Campo 24 de Agosto

Lines A, B, C, E. Typical station name typography.

Bolhão

Lines A, B, C, E. Note the trapezoid ceiling.

Carolina Michaëlis

Lines A, B, C, E.

Casa da Música

Lines A, B, C, E.

Casa da Música

Lines A, B, C, E. Through the two large shafts, daylight sheds onto the platform.

Casa da Música

Lines A, B, C, E.

Casa da Música

Lines A, B, C, E.

Esposade

Lines B, E.

Aeroporto

Line E.

Jardim do Morro

Line D.

Train

On Ponte D. Luis I. Line D.

View

From Ponte D. Luis I. Line D. The train goes at walking speed over the bridge as it shares it with pedestrians. This makes the spectacular view of the city even more enjoyable.

Trindade

Lines A, B, C, D, E. Transfer station.

Trindade

Lines A, B, C, D, E.

Trindade

Lines A, B, C, D, E.

Trindade

Lines A, B, C, D, E.

Train Interior

São Bento

Line D. Ticket machine.

São Bento

Line D.

São Bento

Line D.

São Bento

Line D.

São Bento

Line D.

São Bento

Line D.

Aliados

Line D.

Aliados

Line D.

Faria Guimarães

Line D. Mezzanine. Note the angled ceiling.

Faria Guimarães

Line D. Note the curved ceiling.

Marquês

Line D.

Salgueiros

Line D.

Salgueiros

Line D.

Salgueiros

Line D.

Pólo Universitário

Line D.

Pólo Universitário

Line D.

Hospital São João

Line D. Train exterior.

Historic Tram

Running on a regular schedule from Carmo in the city centre along the river.

Funicular dos Guindais

The elevator, originally constructed in 1891 and renovated in 2004 after being inactive for 111 years, runs from Cais de Ribeira up to Batalha, making an altitude difference of 61 metres.


Photos ©2008 M. Rohde.


Reference

Fernandes, Fátima; Michele Cannatà: The Architecture of the Metro. Works and Projects in the Oporto Metropolitan Area. Civilização Editora, 2006.





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