Metro Stations, Underground Buildings, Tube Designs, Architects, Subway Architecture

Metro Stations Buildings : Subway Transportation Design

Major Underground Transportation Projects from around the world

post updated 16 August 2023

Underground Station Buildings

This page lists the principal Metro designs across the globe. We aim to select Underground buildings + subway designs that are either of top quality or interesting or ideally both.

We cover completed Metro buildings, new subway building designs, architectural exhibitions and Underground design competitions. The focus is on contemporary Underground buildings but information on traditional subway buildings + stations is also welcome.

We have 1 page of Subway Architecture selections with links to hundreds of individual project pages.

Metro Station – Latest Designs

Undeground Station Architecture – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

29 Jul 2013
Riyadh Metro, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Design: FCC
Riyadh Metro Stations
image from architect
Riyadh Metro
FCC, the infrastructure and environmental services group, has achieved a new milestone in international construction. The company has been awarded one of the contracts to build the Riyadh metro (Saudi Arabia), which has an estimated budget of over 16.3 billion euro, i.e. 2.5 times the cost of the Medina-Mecca railway. This is the largest international contract in the history of construction in which a Spanish company has been awarded a contract. The consortium headed by FCC will build lines 4, 5 and 6 of the metro. The contract is worth 6.070 billion euro.

3 May 2013
Elbbrücken Underground Station, Hamburg, Germany
Design: von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp)
Elbbrücken Underground Station Building - Hamburg Metro Stations
image © Gärtner+Christ
Elbbrücken Underground Station
The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have won first prize in the competition for the design of the Elbbrücken Underground station. The station will be located in the future district of the same name, at the eastern end of Hamburg‘s Hafencity, and will, at least for the time being, be the end station of the recently opened U4 Underground line.

18 Mar 2013
Bleecker Street Station Restoration & Upgrade, New York, USA
Design: Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects with Weidlinger Associates
Bleecker Street Metro Station Building
photo © Wade Zimmermann Photography
Bleecker Street Metro Station
The MTA’s $94.5 m rehabilitation of the Bleecker Street Station complex, designed by Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects (LHPA) in a joint venture with Weidlinger Associates, structural engineers, introduces an uptown link between two major subway lines while returning one of the city’s oldest stations to its original glory.

Metro Station Building – Recent Underground Designs

21 Sep 2011
Rochor MRT Station, Singapore
Architects 61 Pte
MRT Station Singapore Metro Stations
picture from architects
Mass Rapid Transit Station Singapore
For Rochor Mass Rapid Transit Station, the design was inspired by circuit board design, with its fluid digital patterns to signify dynamism and movement. The circuit board becomes a fitting identity to the surrounding context, with the adjoining areas of Sim Lim being the IT hub of Singapore.

9 Aug 2011
Università Station at Metropolitana di Napoli
Karim Rashid / Atelier Mendini
Naples subway station building
photo : Iwan Baan
Università Station at Metropolitana di Napoli
The University of Naples subway station is highly trafficked by a multi-cultural, academic community of thousands of passengers a day. A creative concept was designed for this subway station that communicates and embodies knowledge in the new digital age, language in the shrinking global landscape, innovation and mobility in this third technological revolution.

New Underground Station Building Designs

Key Metro Stations / Subway Building Projects, alphabetical:

Canary Wharf Station – Jubilee Line Extension, London, England, UK
Foster + Partners
Canary Wharf Station
photo © Adrian Welch
Canary Wharf Station Building

Crossrail Stations, London, England
various Architects
Crossrail Station
picture from Crossrail
Crossrail Stations
Crossrail has been granted its third and final planning consent for the new Crossrail station at Bond Street in the West End of London. The latest approval to be granted by Westminster City Council is for a masterplan station around the eastern side of the scheme, facilitating enhanced accessibility to the ticket hall at Hanover Square.

Singapore Stadium MRT Station, Singapore
WOHA Architects
Singapore Stadium MRT - Metro Stations
image : Patrick Bingham-Hall
Stadium MRT Station Building
Stadium MRT Station was commissioned through the Marina Line Architectural Design Competition jointly organized by the Singapore Land Transport Authority and the Singapore Institute of Architects. The open, anonymous international competition, requiring no track record is acknowledged by the industry as one of the best run competitions held in Singapore to date. The Land Transport Authority continued their commitment to design throughout the design development and construction phases.

West 8th Street Subway Station Project, New York, USA
Acconci Studio
Manhattan Subway development - NYC Metro Stations
picture from architect
Manhattan Subway development
“The architect started a wave; we came in later and tried to make a wave, break a wave. Like a rise and fall of sand, like an ocean wave: use the wave, then, to make a view – the force of a wave – the wave forces a view. Not a picture of a wave, not a wave in two dimensions. A wave in all directions. The façade itself should be a wave, like a wave in the ocean, like a wave of sand.”

Wilhelminaplein Metro Station, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Zwarts & Jansma Architects
Wilhelminaplein Metro Station
photo from architect
Wilhelminaplein Metro Station : New Station Building under the Kop van Zuid
The Wilheminahof was designed for the banks of the Maas, next to the abutment of the Erasmus Bridge. The project, a combination of courthouse, tax office and other offices, was meant to be a stimulus for the southern bank of the Maas, with the ambition of drawing the centre of the city out across the river. The Wilhelminaplein metro station had to be constructed beneath this complex of buildings.

More Underground Station designs + subway architecture online soon

Railway Station Building Designs

Nordpark Cable Railway

Grand Central Station

Jubliee Line Station Designs

Zurich Railway Station

Rossio Station Building

London Underground Stations
Park Royal Underground Station
photo © Nick Weall

Underground Station developments – no images, alphabetical:

Capodichino underground station redevelopment, Naples, Italy

Richard Rogers Partnership

Monte S Angelo Metro entrances + tunnel link, Traiano, Naples, Italy

Future Systems + Anish Kapoor

Santa Maria del Piento Metro station, Naples, Italy
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

More Metro Stations + Subway Building projects online soon

Railway Station Buildings

Railway Station Architecture – no images

Railway Station Redevelopments:

Cannon Street Railway Station

Buildings / photos for the Contemporary Metro Stations + Subway Architecture page welcome