The railway station built by Santiago Calatrava in Lisbon is a brilliant use of space based on a vitalist concept.
The steel structure, concrete and glass spreads over four different levels. Most impressive is the highest level, where four train platforms are covered with a glass roof supported by pillars that look like trees with many branches.
On the ground floor, wide entrances covered by huge canopies facilitate access to the railway station. Spacious halls and many passages allow flow through the structure through large arches of concrete, like the roots of this underground world, which support the upper floors.
The Oriente station has become an iconic structure and one of the most important architectural monuments built in Lisbon.

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