Public transportation doesn't have to be dull and monochromatic and nothing demonstrates that more clearly than this awesome set of photographs. We put together a collection of 14 subways around the world that definitely deserve your attention. Sometimes bright and wacky, and sometimes featuring incredible works of contemporary and ancient art, these are the kinds of subways that can put a little step n' color into your daily commute.
The Drassanes Station in Barcelona was given a little lift by ON-A Arquitectura. By attaching glass-reinforced concrete to the existing structures, they added just the right amount of sleek color to the design.
Somewhat more stately than some of the other contemporary designs, the Kierskaya Station features marble, gold leaf, and frescos from a bygone era.
The Bilbao Metro in Spain was designed by none other that Foster and Partners. They are called, appropriately enough, Fosteritos!
Here's a place New Yorkers can visit for the first time in more than half a century: the City Hall Station in New York. Take the 6 train past Brooklyn's last stop and take a peek.
Outside, Dubai's metro entrances look like slugs and are supposed to represent the Emirate's former pearl industry. Inside, some of them are quite elaborate.
Tokyo turns up the green volume on their funky fluid Lidabashi Station complete with an entangled web of swirly steel.
Fortunately Athens has a strong sense of history and didn't try to raze over their buried treasures. Or in this case, their rivers! Pax can walk on a see-through bridge over the Iridanos river.
The eyes might be a bit creepy, but the murals make up for it by brightening up Madrid's Nuevos Ministerios station.
What's not to love about this vibrant, go-get-em pixelated station? Munich's U-Bahn stations are spacious and gratuitous with colorful lighting.
Line A in Prague features different colored tiles in each of their stations. Gold, silver, green, red, or blue, they are sometimes flat, sometimes convex, and sometimes concave. But always cool.
Definitely one of our favorites, Stockholm's Tunnelbana shows their respect to both the bedrock and the artists who adorn it.
Giving a little nod to Ontario's Royal Museum in Toronto, Diamond & Schmitt incorporated statues that depict the indigenous cultures represented in the museum (Toltec, First Nations, Ancient China, and Ancient Greece.)
Never to be outdone, North Korea turned their subway station in a giant propaganda hall that doubles as a nuclear bunker! 360 Feet below ground, it is also the world's deepest.