Monday, June 1, 2009

"Excuse me, which station is this?"


The Copenhagen Metro is a new one...and a small one. The first stations opened in 2002 with further stations in 2003, 2004 and 2007. A total of 9 underground stations and 13 above ground on two lines with a length of 33 km make up this Metro so far with more planning being done for further lines.

Frederiksberg Metro Station...I think...

The stations are all designed alike and it can be difficult to tell them apart. They are kept in grey steel and grey concrete with the same internal dimensions and the same accessories. Only the signs proclaim that this Nørreport and not Kongens Nytorv. Not a place for anyone with their mind wandering!

Only the adverts and the travellers
add some colour to this grey world

Why couldn't they have done what was done in Paris; different stations that reflect the neighbourhood with lots of colours and different materials? Or like London? These grey stations are mind numbing dull! And what worse is, the planned stations will be just like these, even when finished in 20 years time!

Skylights

On a positive note, the stations all have daylight filtered down through these glass pyramids. And after some difficulties in the beginning the trains run with very few hitches. And people are using them. It can actually be crowded during rush hour, not like London or Tokyo, but crowded to Danish standard.

"Breathe in, please!"
On Kongens Nytorv

I actually love the idea of a Metro, and I think it should be extended to cover as much of Copenhagen and its suburbs as possible. I know it's expensive and will take time to build, but with the traffical situation in Copenhagen (too much traffic on too small roads, very few parking spaces, a sea of bikes and the closing of major roads) a good Metro could ease the situation a lot.

Tomorrow I'll jump a bit and show you something high and turning.

BTW these photos are the first ones shot with my new camera, a Nikon D300. The learning curve is steep, but it's a very nice camera!