Calatrava's Liège-Guillemins Station captured
in new photographs by Luke Hayes


British photographer Luke Hayes has created a new series of images documenting Santiago Calatrava's train station in the Belgian city of Liège, which has now been in use for nearly five years (+ slideshow).

Calatrava's Liège-Guillemins Station captured in new photographs by Luke Hayes

As one of three Belgian stations on the high-speed rail network, Liège-Guillemins Station is used by over 15,000 passengers every day and accommodates five platforms beneath its vaulted glass and steel roof.

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava conceived the building as a structure without facades. Pedestrian routes run underneath the building, improving connections between parts of the city previously divided by railway tracks.

Calatrava's Liège-Guillemins Station captured in new photographs by Luke Hayes

"I haven’t visited Liege before and this was a breathtaking way to arrive in the city," explained Luke Hayes. "The structure is vast and cathedral-like – a typical Calatrava design."

"One of the best things about this shoot was the freedom I felt to move around the building," he added. "It's a great example of a public space. I don't think I saw any ticket barriers; people can pass through and use all the facilities."

Calatrava's Liège-Guillemins Station captured in new photographs by Luke Hayes

See more images of Liège-Guillemins Station in the original Dezeen story.

  • jprati

    Great pictures of an amazing building. Calatrava must have really offended somebody to still not be a Pritzker recipient.

  • liegevisitor

    A bit too much material for a rather simple purpose (roof) – don’t you think?

    • jprati

      I don’t think so. The architecture is among the most materially efficient structural shapes possible. Other more conventional construction techniques would have produced either a forest of columns, or some very heavy trusses. Sure, this project was expensive, due to all of the custom steel, but it is also very efficient.

  • jonathan antico
  • papou

    Impressive project.

  • wbutler

    I have visited this station. It is beautiful. These photos capture none of the anthropomorphic feel of the work, none of the soaring quality. Really prosaic photos of a really good civic building.

  • Massimo

    Calatrava doesn’t build spaces, but structures where things happen. Architecture makes things happen. Pritzker prize is for buildings that move people to do things… those are mostly useful (not always) sculptures.

  • JayCee

    Will it leak?

  • guarno

    Why Pritzker? Do you really think that Calatrava’s work has anything to do with the Pritzker? It’s supposed to be a prize for architects who, through their work, were able to go a few steps ahead in architecture.

    With Mr Calatrava, I only see very expensive structures proclaiming an huge ego, as signature, and a lot of problems that have to be solved in law courts.

    When Toyo Ito eventually got the Pritzker, I was very happy but Calatrava…

  • Evalabelga

    As far as I’ve been able to experiment, Calatrava’s work is only beautiful to see, but not to use. And, to my opinion, useless architecture does not deserve any prize. I know three cities that have taken him to court because of his designs:

    – Valencia (SP), where the cover of the Palace of the Arts is falling down.
    – Bilbao (SP), where the weather is normally cold and rainy, but he made the waiting room at the airport arrivals was open-air, and a bridge in downtown made with slippery glass.
    – Venice (IT), where they had the same problem with a similar bridge.

    Maybe we should search for utility before beauty.

  • chrison_

    Brilliant, repetitive, pointless.