Subways don't have to be ugly or utilitarian — in fact, underground stations house some of the most gorgeous and creative architectural design around. Follow me after the jump and let's take a look at some jaw dropping railway stations from around the world.
With a creative use of color, texture, light, and material, these otherwise claustrophobic spaces have been transformed into site-specific works of art. Here are a few beauties that I'd love to visit one day. There are just so many interesting undergrounds to experience that it's hard to choose only a few.
Marienplatz Station, Munich, Germany
Kiyevskaya Station - Koltsevaya Line Hall, Moscow, Russia
Westfriedhof Station, Munich, Germany
Elektrozavodskaya Station, Moscow, Russia
Drassanes Station, Barcelona, Spain
Formosa Boulevard Station, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Arts et Métiers Station, Paris, FranceWhich Undergrounds are your favorites? To see some more gorgeous undergrounds, check out io9 for the compilation they've put together.
(Images: 1. Wikimedia Commons/Florstein, 2. Jaw3, 3. Wikimedia Commons/Antares 610, 4. Flickr user Jmaurer, licensed under Creative Commons, 5. Wikimedia Commons/Eugeny1988, 6. buildtonet, 7. Wikimedia Commons, 8. Flickr user RG1033, licensed under Creative Commons, all via io9)