Wikimedia Commons

A photographic survey of the world's metro gateways.

No two subway systems are identical, and neither are their station entrances.

Across the world, cities' underground entrances represent a local (or more often, regional) flavor. There are the sleek (see Bilbao and Helsinki), the subtle (Lisbon and Liverpool), the somber (we're looking at you, Washington, D.C.), and the kind of sad, like the ones in Nizhny Novogrod.

This week, we surveyed subway entrances from all over the world, and distilled them down to the 30 different entrances from 25  systems presented below. We're curious to hear what your impressions are based on these images, so be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments:

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. photo: a pair of homes in Pittsburgh
    Equity

    The House Flippers of Pittsburgh Try a New Tactic

    As the city’s real estate market heats up, neighborhood groups say that cash investors use building code violations to encourage homeowners to sell.  

  2. Life

    The Cities Americans Want to Flee, and Where They Want to Go

    An Apartment List report reveals the cities apartment-hunters are targeting for their next move—and shows that tales of a California exodus may be overstated.

  3. Life

    Can Toyota Turn Its Utopian Ideal Into a 'Real City'?

    The automaker-turned-mobility-company announced last week it wants to build a living, breathing urban laboratory from the ground up in Japan.

  4. Transportation

    In Paris, a Very Progressive Agenda Is Going Mainstream

    Boosted by big sustainability wins, Mayor Anne Hidalgo is pitching bold plans to make the city center “100 percent bicycle” and turn office space into housing.

  5. Design

    Before Paris’s Modern-Day Studios, There Were Chambres de Bonne

    Tiny upper-floor “maids’ rooms” have helped drive down local assumptions about exactly how small a livable home can be.

×