Concrete Spine


This is a shot that I took at the Liège-Guillemins train station of the city of Liège, while on a short visit to Belgium. As usual, this is an HDR image, this time consisting of only 3 brackets combined together and tonemapped using Photomatix. The train station, designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava — whose body of work of bridges and train stations is world-famous — was officially opened to the public in 2009 and consists of a structure made of steel, glass and white concrete. The picture above shows the roof above one of the staircases leading to the lower part of the platforms.
Calatrava is also well known for inspiring his designs on aspects of the human anatomy to achieve both structural and aesthetic efficiency. According to his own words:
There was a wish to get something exceptional, ... I also wanted to deliver something technically unique.
The structure above, having a stringing resemblance with a rib cage, is another example of it.