Modern Trains and Splendid Stations: Architecture and Design for the Twenty-first Century - Martha ThorneLondon: Merrell, 2001, Paperback.
Condition: Very Good.
Published to accompany an exhibition held at the Art Institute of Chicago, 8th December to 29th July 2002. Includes: Building elevations; Floor plans; Colour photographs; Colour drawings; Coloured maps);
From the cover: “Inter-city rail travel is one of the dominant facts of modern life. From the early nineteenth century, when the first train stations — cathedrals of technology, buildings without precedent in the history of architecture — were constructed, these focal points of transportation have enjoyed a unique status in public life. They have come a long way from the simple wooden shed erected in Liverpool, England, in 1830.
In the wake of the rail renaissance of the 1980s and 1990s, new train stations, from the U.S. to Japan, must respond to increasingly complex challenges, as high-speed trains become more and more common and the next generation of magnetically levitated trains approaches. The state-of-the-art examples featured in Modern Trains and Splendid Stations are analysed from several perspectives: as generators of urban renewal; as new architectural icons; and as connecting points for different means of transportation. Such internationally renowned architects as Helmut Jahn (in the United States), Nicholas Grimshaw (in England), and Arata Isozaki (in Japan) have all been involved in station design.
Modern Trains and Splendid Stations features such world-class projects as Grimshaw’s Waterloo International terminus for the Eurostar service connecting London with Paris and Brussels, Meinhard von Gerkan’s Lehrter Station in Berlin, Norman Foster’s Hung Horn Station in Hong Kong, Bernhard Tschumi’s station in Lausanhe, Switzerland, and Santiago Calatrava’s spectacular Liege-Guillemins Station in Belgium, which takes engineering into the realm of sculpture. It also displays the newest designs for the ICE train in Germany, the TGV in France, the Japanese bullet train, and the north-eastern U.S. corridor’s high-speed Acela service. Fully illustrated in colour throughout, Modern Trains and Splendid Stations presents the very latest trends in rail travel, affording a glimpse of what passengers can expect in the twenty-first century.”