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Metro San Sebastian : Basque Underground

Basque Underground Station Entry, Spain public transport design by various architects

13 Aug 2012

Metro San Sebastian Design

Location: near Bilbao

Design: studio mk27, architects

Metro entrances for San Sebastian

Metro San Sebastian Basque Subway building
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English text (scroll down for Portuguese):

project: metro stations of san sebastian
location: san sebastian, spain
project: may 2011

Metro San Sebastian Basque Subway design
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architecture: studio mk27
architect: marcio kogan
co-architects: eduardo gurian, gabriel kogan, marcio tanaka
team: carolina castroviejo, diana radomysler, eduardo chalabi, eduardo glycerio, elisa friedman, lair reis, luciana antunes, maria cristina motta, mariana simas, oswaldo pessano, renata furlanetto, samanta cafardo, suzana glogowski

Metro Building San Sebastian San Sebastian Metro
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Portuguese text:

projeto: saída das estações de metro de san sebastian
local: san sebastian, espanha
projeto: maio 2011
arquitetura: studio mk27
autor: marcio kogan
co-autores: eduardo gurian, gabriel kogan, marcio tanaka
equipe: carolina castroviejo, diana radomysler, eduardo chalabi, eduardo glycerio, elisa friedman, lair reis, luciana antunes, maria cristina motta, mariana simas, oswaldo pessano, renata furlanetto, samanta cafardo, suzana glogowski

Metro San Sebastian Basque Subway
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Metro San Sebastian images / information from studio mk27

Studio MK27

10 Aug 2011

Metro Station San Sebastian

near Bilbao
Design: BABELstudio, architects

Metro entrances for San Sebastian


‘Eleva’, the proposal for the entrances to the new underground of San Sebastian, is based on the idea of the manipulation of the terrain.

As the tubes of the metro network are generated by excavating and perforating the ground, the access is created by cutting the pavement in correspondence to the superficial world.

The concept is to recognize the place to penetrate and – as the Pink Panther would do – cut the surface and elevate it to obtain an access to the subterranean world. Finally the area of intervention is delimited and pointed out by a change of material.

As a result the object in sinuos curves emphasizes its strong sculptural character demanding its protagonism in the urban scale. The entrances are conceived as landmarks of the city of San Sebastian, leading the users to recognize them as an inseparable part of the metro and the urban surroundings.

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The construction is made of a curved reinforced-concrete shell structure that, due to its catenary shape, provides a minimal thickness ensuring the lightness of the object. Considering the coatings and waterproofing requirements the minimum section is calculated with approximately 12cm. The structure in white concrete is polished on its underside and covered with black hexagonal ceramic tiles on the outer face. These pieces are manufactured in different finishes.

While rough textured ones are used for the pavement, the tiles gradually change to satinated and finally enamelated ones. The light softly illuminates the pixelated appearance of the curve and spreads to all directions generating expressive nuances of light.

Metro San Sebastian – Building Information

Subject: Competition for station entrances of the future San Sebastian underground
Architects: BABELstudio. Andrea García Crespo, Michael Schmidt
Location: San Sebastian, Spain
Client: Euskal Trenbide Sarea, Department of Housing, Transport and Public Works of the Basque Government
Project Year: 2011
Images: BABELstudio

Metro San Sebastian Building images / information from BABELstudio


BABELstudio, founded by Andrea García Crespo and Michael Schmidt in 2011, has its main office in Bilbao. The practice works on the investigation, development and construction of architectural projects and in the elaboration of various international competitions. The current works include buildings for public and private purposes in different places and scales.

BABELstudio urges the concept of an open-sourced and interdisciplinary studio. Interested in a close collaboration with various fields as design, arts and innovative technologies, the studio is conceived as a center of a collective dialogue.

The practice of BABELstudio believes that in every design process lies an initial idea, that, associated with the interpretation of the character of each site and programme lead us to a precisely elaborated concept. Only anchoring the project in its specific context, circumstances and complexities it is possible to generate an architecture avoiding a predetermined style and achieve high quality design. Following this approach our office constantly explores the articulation of space and its materialization.

In resume our conviction is to design architecture capable to reach a synthesis of concept, functional integration and beauty.

Location: San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain

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