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A Paris Métro with Style and Substance

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Some see the Paris Métro as a means of transportation and, well, it is. But like everything else in this city that celebrates style and the arts, some Métro stations are designed to be more than functional. They’re landmarks. One of these is a showcase proving that art and technology aren’t mutually exclusive. The Arts et Métiers Métro station is something to see, a showpiece for the industrial revolutionwith a twist.

The Arts et Métiers station was designed by the Belgian comics artist François Schuiten in 1994 to mark the bicentenary of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers. Schuiten designed the station around a single material: copper. This underground cavern conjures up all sort of science fiction imagery; a steam punk submarine that would do Jules Verne proud. There are even a series of portholes that open onto miniature vignettes.

The station takes its name from the Musée des Arts et Métiers and is where you can hope the Line 3 and Line 11 trains.

Take a look at some of the photographs of the Arts et Métiers Métro station taken by our Eye Prefer Paris correspondent, Richard Nahem.

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3 Responses to “A Paris Métro with Style and Substance”

  1. Lenox Ave says:

    I love copper and this station is truly magnificent. I’d actually be happy to take the metro @ this spot.

  2. SOOO beautiful – and warm – and kind of appropriate for ‘underground’.

    London, especially the Jubilee Line extension, is also beautiful – but cold concrete; metal (also beautiful) used for fixtures and fittings.

  3. Absolutely magnificent! I wish NY would take note!

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