I live right next to the borders of The Netherlands, so for me it’s always exciting to explore new places other than here. So when I got asked to shoot my #CozyTop5 for @team_cozy (soon more about this on un-cluttered) I wanted to do something different and special, not the usual places I go to for a quick visit. After some research I found out about station Liège-Guillemins in Belgium. People told me about it in the past, but I totally forgot about it until a few weeks ago.
Luckily my boy had a day off just when the sun decided to came out to surprise us with a lovely summer’ish day. We took the car, drove for almost two hours and once we’ve reached the station, we both felt the trip was all worth it. It’s such a beautiful piece of architecture, right in a city where modern buildings are very hard to find.
After he won a competition, Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava got the privilege to create the Liège-Guillemins station. Next to this project, he also designed the Stadelhofen-station in Zurich, and the stations in Luzern, Lyon-Saint-Exupéry TGV and Oriente in Lissabon and the new PATH-station in New York (which is on my bucket-list as well). They’re all marked with that typical signature Calatrava’s known for: massive, sculptural buildings which are organically shaped and made out of white concrete and steel.
Next to these materials, Calatrava also used glass and Belgium bluestone for a local touch. A monumental roof of bows makes this building even more impressive, letting the light enter in a natural way. If you’re planning on a visit to Liège, please count in an extra hour for exploring this breathtaking place.