Few places have the dramatic potential and the magic of train stations: people meet and separate, tragic farewells next to happy reunions. No surprise then, that writers of all eras and cultures have discovered stations as dramatic stages of literary fiction. The Nuremberg photographer Christian Hoehn has taken on a journey to document the locations of these emotionally-literary artistic moments.
With large-format photographs he crosses the line between reality and poetry, creating surreal images of the station building and allows the viewer to share in his quest for the great emotions of the literature. These works are supplemented with quotations and excerpts from epic and lyric telling of fortunes, feelings and changes at stations on five continents.
Christian Hoehn's photographs concentrate on the world's cultural aesthetic diversity. Christian is known for taking an image that you may have seen before, but turning it into something new and fresh, making you view it in a way you haven't. Christian currently has a photography series on exhibit, the series includes more than 50 pieces, shot all over the world, from New York to Hong Kong, Dubai to Rio. Parts of the series are currently being exhibited in national and international galleries. Let us take a look at 10 most beautiful train stations by photographer Christian Hoehn.
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This station in the central 10th Arrondissement is one of the busiest and most picture-perfect in Europe. The façade is sculpted with 23 statues representing Amsterdam, Vienna, and other destinations served by the Chemin de Fer du Nord company. The interior is just as lovely, especially when the sun filters through the panels of the glass and cast-iron roof to the platforms below.
Dresden Hauptbahnhof (“main station”, abbreviated Dresden Hbf) is the largest passenger station in the Saxon capital of Dresden. In 1898, it replaced the Böhmischen Bahnhof ("Bohemian station") of the former Saxon-Bohemian State Railway (Sächsisch-Böhmische Staatseisenbahn), and was designed with its formal layout as the central station of the city. The combination of a station building on an island between the tracks and a terminal station on two different levels is unique. The building is notable for its halls that are roofed with Teflon-coated glass fibre membranes. This translucent roof design, installed during the comprehensive rehabilitation of the station at the beginning of the 21st century, allows more daylight to reach the concourses than was previously possible.
The ultra-modern entrance to the Kanazawa Station was unveiled in 2005 to mixed reviews, but it has become a much-admired site since. Initially, many felt the modern architecture didn’t represent the historic town, which was miraculously unharmed during WWII and has preserved the former samurai quarters and geisha district. The station's hand-drum-shaped wooden Tsuzumi Gate and glass and steel Motenashi dome have come to stand for the fusion of modern technology with traditional forms. Outside, a futuristic fountain displays the time like a digital clock.
This neo-Gothic red brick façade won raves when it was unveiled in 1868. And it’s in the news again. After a 20th-century decline, St. Pancras got a recent £800 million makeover. Workers cleaned 300,000 pounds of dirt from the bricks and restored 8,000 panes of glass in the roof of the immense train shed. As a result, the station looks its part as one of the finest Victorian landmarks in London.
The grandiose Milano Centrale station that exists today replaced two previous stations. King Victor Emmanuel III laid the cornerstone of the current station in 1906 before the final blueprints were chosen. Its design was modeled on Union Station in Washington, D.C., but became more ambitious and complex under Mussolini. Several architectural styles—mostly Art Deco and Liberty—combine to form the stunning station, which boasts 11,000 cubic meters of marble. About 500 trains pass through every day, carrying passengers from Milan to the rest of Italy and beyond.
Cape Town railway station is the main railway station of the city of Cape Town, South Africa. It is located along Adderley and Strand Streets in the city's central business district.
British architect F. W. Stevens worked with local craftsmen to blend Indian architectural traditions with the Victorian Gothic Revival style. Originally named for Queen Victoria, the Empress of India, the station has endured as a Mumbai landmark—and a vital resource for the three million commuters who use it daily. The turrets and elaborate ornamentation are similar to design elements found on Moghul and Hindu palaces across the subcontinent.
Beijing Railway Station was built in 1959. The station stands out for its large turrets situated on each side of the main building. Acclaimed architects of the time Yang Tingbao and Deng-Ao were responsible for its design, and as many as two million individuals worked on its construction. Architectural experts from the Soviet Union were also commissioned to assist in the project. Chairman Mao himself did the calligraphy for the characters located on the railway station’s sign. Beijing Railway Station embodies a melding of both traditional Chinese design and Soviet architecture. The station contains a medical clinic, a movie theater, several large waiting rooms, restaurants, and a post office.
This Beaux-Arts terminal, constructed at the beginning of the 20th century, is full of dazzling architectural details. The 42nd Street façade’s giant Tiffany clock, the main concourse’s iconic information booth with its four-faced clock, and the domed gold-and-cerulean-blue ceiling painted with astronomical signs and studded with fiber-optic stars are justly famous around the world.
Moscow (Moskovskyy) Train Station is among 5 functioning train stations in St Petersburg and for sure the most beautiful one.
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