The Beauty of Transport

Transport design, transport architecture, and transport's influence on art and culture. Publishing weekly at 1700 UK time

House of Train (Liverpool Road station, Manchester, UK)

Although this week’s example of transport beauty doesn’t necessarily scream its purpose at first glance, it is in fact one of the most important pieces of transport infrastructure anywhere in the world. … Continue reading

September 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tower Power (Speke Airport, Liverpool, UK)

Just three years after the opening of the Streamline Moderne terminal building at Shoreham Airport in Sussex, another terminal in the same style opened at Speke, in Liverpool. Testament to … Continue reading

September 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

Safety First (The Permanent Way, by David Hare)

If stage show Starlight Express (the last one this blog looked at) is a bright and breezy celebration of the sheer bloody wonderfulness of railways, then David Hare’s play The Permanent … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Glamour From Aviation’s Early Years (Shoreham Airport terminal, West Sussex, UK)

Most of the time when people talk about the golden age of some transport mode or other, they’re talking total rubbish. They’ve been lulled into a false sense of past … Continue reading

August 31, 2016 · 2 Comments

Premium Unleaded Style (Fina 2010 filling stations by Samyn and Partners, Belgium and The Netherlands)

When the executives at Belgian oil company Fina decided they wanted to do something about the look of their petrol stations, they knew exactly who to call. Architecture and engineering … Continue reading

August 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Sixteen Sheets to the Wind (Leuven station, Belgium)

You know that thing when you come across an architecture practice because they’ve done some amazing work at a railway station, and then you find out they’re just as committed to … Continue reading

August 17, 2016 · 3 Comments

Artful Interchange (Graz Hauptbahnhof, Graz, Austria)

Graz Hauptbahnhof in Austria is one of those stations where an architect has been let loose not in one big makeover, but across a number of smaller schemes, eventually rendering it … Continue reading

August 10, 2016 · 3 Comments

Copper Boxes (Signal Boxes, Basel, Switzerland)

In the not otherwise terribly pre-possessing railway sidings and yards around Basel Station in Switzerland, you can find some of the best signal boxes built in recent years. They are worthy … Continue reading

August 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

It’s Big, But is it Clever? (Canary Wharf tube station, London, UK)

Canary Wharf station is often referred to as the flagship or highlight of London Underground’s 1999 Jubilee Line Extension, that collection of architectural wonders overseen by Roland Paoletti. It’s certainly … Continue reading

July 27, 2016 · 2 Comments


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