White concrete arches forming a nave that is bathed in light, the silhouette of a manta ray with gigantic wings : the Liège station in Belgium, designed by Catalan architects Santiago Calatrava and opened in September 2009, has many strong features.
The smooth curves of the structure give it a fluid and airy atmosphere, despite its 10,000 tons of steel. Its whiteness blends well with the 29,000 m² of blue stone used for the platforms and the passageways linking two parts of the city. Duchêne, a subsidiary of Eiffage Benelux, worked on the structure of the passenger terminal and the 19,000 m² car park and also modernised the rail infrastructures. The work was carried without affecting the daily activity of the station, which is one of the busiest in Belgium.
© Claude Tombeux.