Santiago Calatrava designed the central railway station in the Belgian city of Liège. Like a massive glass-and-steel wave, the complex roof structure forms a vault over the tracks. Around 40 white steel arches run parallel to the tracks, each with a length of 157 meters. In the process, the curved roof rises up to as high as 50 meters above the central entrance zone. Despite the fact that it required 11,000 tons of steel, the building is so transparent that during the day it requires no artificial lighting. Over 21,500 square meters of shatterproof glass were inserted into the building, which is open on all sides.
Central Station in Liège Guillemins, designed by Santiago Calatrava | All photos © AGC