Photographer's Note

The Oriente station by Santiago Calatrava was commissioned by the city of Lisbon in 1993, after an invited competition. Its immediate goal was to serve the great number of visitors expected for the World Expo in 1998.

In the future the station is set to become the main train terminal of the city, since the main growth of Lisbon is planned towards that side of the Tagus River.Moreover, the building that used to host the Portuguese Pavilion (by Alvaro Siza) is expected to house the city government, which together with other permanent buildings remaining from the Expo form part of what is nowadays known as Parque das Naçoes, a new city park. All of these initiatives are aimed at contributing to the creation of a new city center.

The station is made out of three self-contained parts and is divided into two levels. The raised level holds the platforms for the national train network; the lower level connects to the underground and emerges at the surface to serve as an entrance to the Expo grounds and also to connect with the third element of the project, a major bus terminal for the city

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