This impressive new subway station in Leipzig, Germany includes a 141-meter-long and 20-meter-wide concourse made from illuminated glass blocks. The Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz S-Bahn station was designed by Swiss architect Max Dudler, who won a design competition for the 17.5 million Euro project in 1997. The city of around 520,000 residents (located 93 miles south of Berlin in the federal state of Saxony) awarded Dudler with its architecture award for his station design.
The Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz S-Bahn station is one of four stops along the 5.3 kilometer (3.3 mile) Leipzig City Tunnel railway line, which will open to the public in December after ten years of construction. The project is a joint development between Deutsche Bahn AG and the Free State of Saxony, and it will connect the world’s largest railway station by floor area — Leipzig Hauptbahnhof — to the new Leipzig Markt station via the city center.
The back-lit glass blocks are arranged in groups and set into the concrete framework the entire length of the walls and ceiling. “The seemingly endless repetition of the same element in the course of the slightly curved, light-filled hall increases the sensation of the dimensions of this already large structure,” said the studio. The station’s namesake Wilhelm Leuschner was a social democrat who actively resisted the Nazis.
Images 1-3 via Stefan Müller