Olaias Station (Portugal, Lisbon)
Olaias is considered one of the most colorful and impressive metro stations in the world. It stands out from others by its whimsical ornament and dazzling bright colors in the decorum. Opened on May 19, 1998, this subway station makes a lasting impression on a viewer thanks to its unique coloring. Colorful tiles and glass resembling multicolored stained glass windows add zest to its original design.
Formosa Boulevard Station (China, Taiwan)
Formosa Boulevard is another dazzlingly bright metro station also known as the dome of light. The station, opened in 2009 in preparation for the 2009 World Games, is located in Sinsing district of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It is designed to resemble a multicolored island with two platforms on its sides. Notably, the station is the largest glass work in the world. The Formosa Boulevard station is a true piece of art and no wonder that sometimes the wedding ceremonies are held there.
Toledo Station (Italy, Naples)
The Toledo metro station, located 50 meters deep underground, is famous for its beautiful architecture that resembles outer space. In 2013, it won the LEAF award as the "Public Building of the Year". The themes used to design the station are a play of shadow and light, as well as a combination of water, sky, and stars. Apart from the intriguing design of the walls, there are a lot of artworks of various artists. In the corridors of the station, mosaic works by William Kentridge are presented.
Avtovo Station (Russia, Saint Petersburg)
Avtovo subway station was opened on November 15, 1955. It is recognized as the oldest and most beautiful metro station. It is located 12 meters below the ground almost in the center of Saint Petersburg. It is distinguished by its original ornate decor and a variety of crystal chandeliers. The unique marble finishing of the tunnel makes its appearance even more amazing from an aesthetic point of view.
Stadion Station (Sweden, Stockholm)
Fascinating design and original decor make the Swedish metro station Stadium one of a kind. It was opened in 1973. It is located at the site of the city’s former Olympic stadium which hosted the 1922 Stockholm Games. The station differs from others by its bright tunnels and paintings of various subjects. The finishing is a bit rugged that gives the subway station a cave-like look.
Prospekt Mira Station (Russia, Moscow)
Prospekt Mira was opened on January 30, 1952. It is another Russian metro station with a unique design and great history. Its architectural design creates an impression of power and grandeur. The colonnade of the station, made of white marble topped with a ceramic bas-relief, captures the imagination. When finishing the walls of this subway station, dark red marble was used. There are several large chandeliers and various sculptures which makes it look more like a palace than an underground station.
Arts et Metiers Station (France, Paris)
Arts et Metiers is the oldest subway station in the world. It was opened in the early twentieth century, in 1904. It was named after the museum - Musée des Arts et Métiers. François Schuiten, the designer of this station, got his inspiration from the science fiction works of Jules Verne. The interior designs of this subway station have copper structures. The station's unique decoration features portholes and wheels suspended at the top of the tunnel. There is a subdued lighting system that makes this station even more thrilling.