Friday, August 14, 2009

PDP #85: A Sense of Subway Style

The thing you have to understand about the Montreal Metro is that, unlike the Toronto subway, it has had an aesthetic component since the very beginning. Whereas most Toronto stations were built to practically the same blueprints and varied only in whether their tiles were pearl grey, English eggshell, or primrose in color.

This is one of the entrances to Square-Victoria metro station in downtown Montreal. The gate is one of the same kind that is used on the Paris Métro, the Montreal Metro's spiritual ancestor. The equivalent here would be for a TTC station to incorporate design elements inspired by the London Underground - but no. See, that might look appealing. Not for the likes of Torontonians, I suppose.

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