The Beauty of Transport

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

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 · 1 Comment

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

Sparkling Diamonds (Welbeck Street multi-storey car park, London, UK)

London’s Oxford Street is usually to be found thronged by tourists. It’s inner London’s premier shopping destination along with Regent’s Street, which it intersects at Oxford Circus. I’m not sure … Continue reading

July 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

Pump It Up: the Lost Art of Petrol Pump Style (Manor Road Garage, East Preston, UK)

Let me take you to East Preston, which is near Angmering, which is near Littlehampton, which is halfway between Chichester and Brighton, on the south coast of England. Of late, … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Obscure Objects of Transport Beauty: Pandrol Rail Clip

This is a Pandrol rail clip. Not only does it play a critically important role in making sure that railway track all over the world stays where it should, it’s … Continue reading

July 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

Seeing Red: The Routemaster Bus, a Transport Icon

Shall I share with you a most shocking admission? All right then. I don’t like Routemasters. There. I’ve said it. Here’s why I don’t like Routemasters: because I used to travel … Continue reading

June 29, 2016 · 5 Comments


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