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Old May 27th, 2007, 03:41 PM   #121
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Athens metro, 3 amazing new stations

On 26 May 2007 3 new stations were put into service in line 3 of the Athens Metro. The total length of the new section is 4.2 kms and it is the first line that links downtown Athens with the western part of the metropolitan area. It will be used by about 80000 passengers daily. With this new extension Athens Metro reaches 76.6 kms with 54 stations.
No TBM was used for boring the tunnel, because it would wreak havoc under Keramikos, an ancient cemetery. Instead of that NATM was used, which resulted in a rather long construction period (5 years).
The stations are among the most luxurious of the whole system. Some of the elements used were:
- Granite: 15000 m2
- Marble: 1100 m2
- Tesserae (tiny tiles): 3000 m2
- False ceilings: 8000 m2
- Surfaces of stainless metals: 3500 m2
- Elevators: 8
- Escalators: 36
As is obvious from the pictures, all spaces, from the entrances down to the platforms, are very wide. No one can get claustrophobic in there!

Keramikos
This station is at a depth of 22 meters. It is situated behind the old gas factory that has been transformed into a cultural center. It also serves the “gay village” in Athens. The main entrance is in a pit, forming an impressive façade coated with brown granite from Mongolia







There is a vault that provides day light to the first underground level.







This is a work of art by Giannis Bouteas.





This is the other entrance, which will provide access to suburban railway, when that company decides to build a station in this area.





This is an elevator for people with special needs. ALL metro stations in Athens have such equipment.



Finally, here are the platforms:





Eleonas
This is the deepest of the 3 stations, at 26 meters.











The interior of the station is characterized by 2 impressive vaults, one of which lets day light disperse in the first level of the station.



The escalators leading from street level to the first underground level are the longest in the whole system, bridging a height difference of 15.3 m.



At first sight this station seems to be in the middle of nowhere. For the time being this is the case.



But in the next few years lots of development is foreseen in this area. Among other things that will be built within a radius of 1 km are:
- An underground intercity bus station, that will be linked directly to the metro station.
- A soccer stadium with a huge shopping mall.
- A mosque, the first official one in Athens.

Egaleo
This is the terminal station, 21 meters under Estavromenos square. It is the most useful of the 3 new stations, providing access to many bus lines that serve lots of western suburbs beyond Egaleo. Metro trains cover the distance to downtown Athens in 7 minutes. Buses during rush hour can take as much as 30 minutes to reach downtown from here.

















This is the southern entrance. As you can see from the surrounding houses, Egaleo is not a very affluent suburb.





A distinctive element are the showcases that will be filled, next summer, with replicas of ancient objects that were found during the excavation.



Later the surface of Estavromenos square will host a permanent open-air exhibition of various archaeological findings.



After all this I have a little quiz:
How much did this project (4.2 kms of tunnel and 3 stations) cost?
Whoever gets close to the real number will win a free tour in the Athens Metro by me next time he/she visits Athens!
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Old May 27th, 2007, 04:18 PM   #122
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the new stations look amazing!!!superb quality....very beautiful.,so i didn't know there was an exit to Technopolis....interesting place..
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Old May 27th, 2007, 08:00 PM   #123
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Interesting stations and nice photos! My guess is 553 million euros.
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Old May 27th, 2007, 08:55 PM   #124
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these are beautiful stations!!!
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Old May 27th, 2007, 09:32 PM   #125
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Where exactly IS the new Kerameikos station? I thought it was between Technopolis and that new park at the end of Ermou, i.e. on Pireos St. But apparently it's nowhere near there...
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Old May 27th, 2007, 09:37 PM   #126
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Great pictures my friend, but also you have to mention that in the second station "Elaionas" area, there are also other projects underway or under consideration like the new Athens Stock Echange Complex under construction in Athinon Avenue:





Also here are some images of the stadium that is already under construction:





















There are also plans of projects like this one exactly in the same block of the new Elaionas station:

It's about a complex of three scrapers that go like this:

Tower A: Structural height, 200m
Tower B: Structural Height, 160m
Tower C: Structural Height, 130m









Many say that this part of Athens in the near future (maybe next decade) will be comparable with the Parisian La Defense or the Canary Wharf of London.

Moreover there are plans for the construction of huge parks and luxurious residential areas.

If you wonder now why the stations of this extension, and mainly the second one, are so megalicious it's because there are some huge plans for this area as you see, and all of them will start to boom as soon as the new stadium complex of Panathinaikos is ready by late 08´.

In order to get some idea of the dimensions of this area you have to know that Elaionas has some 900 hectares of virgin soil expecting to be exploited in the near future!

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Old May 27th, 2007, 10:13 PM   #127
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^ wow. those are really nice. how many seats are in that stadium?
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Old May 27th, 2007, 11:54 PM   #128
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First of all congratulations to nasty Athenian for his diligent work. Here are my pictures and part of the text of my original thread which can be found here: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...9#post13400079

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The Kerameikos station is an area that a few years ago was the underbelly of Athens, despite its historical significance (Ancient Athens was just right there on the foot of the Acropolis). Well... this area started developing fast since 2000, and now I wouldn't be surprised if it is one of the most rapidly (re)developing areas in Europe. Where small factories used to be, luxury lofts and apartments, classy cafes and restored neo-classical buildings are the order of the day.

...and amidst them the station, probably one of the best in Europe, and I wouldn't be surprised if this station will constitute the cause of further booming in the real estate development and skyrocketing prices in the area. The station has two entrances, one towards the Gazi area, where there is an old natural gas factory now turned into one of the liveliest entertainment, arts and concerts areas in Europe.

I mean, look, look carefully:

-The entrance of the station on the side of the Gazi area. The circular structure above the roof is the glass atrium which allows natural light to enter the entrance of the station. Escalators lead you to the entrance which is in the middle of an amphitheatrically arranged plaza:




-The entrance of the station, from another less geometrically balanced angle:




-Look at this: The escalators and the incline amphitheatrical terrain. The plains will obviously be covered with grass and small plants...



-Past the atrium hall, other escalators lead you to the main concourse where you can buy your tickets. It looks more than like a theatre foyer or an airport departures hall than a train station if you asked me. The piece of art in the upper level completes an already highly elaborated interior design canvas.




-Looking up to the escalators with the atrium illuminated like a gateway to the heavens




-The arrival of the Great ones from the galaxy far away




-The platforms which are HUGE. In each platform there are two escalators and a stair in the middle. These are not visible here...




OK, now let's move to the surface: This is the netrance of the station to the side of Konstantinoupoleos avenue looking at the "Gazi" installations





-One of the atriums that has a pyramid shape, similar to the one in Panepistimiou station




-Detail from a nearby spot: One of the gazi buildings with the Acropolis nearby. I don't know why this frame reminds me of a painting. This is a vista that is unique to Athens and I am happy that the area around the Acropolis is rapidly changing within a century, this time for the better...




-The platforms in Elaionas station. In contrast to the previous one, this station's platforms reminded me of an ordinary post-industrial design much common in western Europe. Probably a version of the older stations of the London Tube. Also, I found them much smaller than the usual Athenian metro stations. Strange because this station is destined to serve part of the new Business centre planned for the area of Elaionas as well as the new 45,000 seat football stadium of Panathinaikos which if I am not mistaken is due to be built nearby. Not that it's utterly small but... never mind, let's go on with the pics...




-The upper level (-1). Here I found a distinct Byzantine taste in the design as indicated by the arches here...



...also there is a dome that leads to a small atrium. Again, if you find yourselves there, you will find this sense of religious austerity permeating the place...




-This is the dome on the surface. I liked this open space with the dome in the middle.




...and the tickets hall, different in decoration and design than the rest of the station. I took this picture from the escalator going up. Watch the young lady as she is also taking pictures.




OK, now we go on for the end of the line for the moment, station Egaleo. Egaleo is one of the most known areas of west Athens, once a poor suburb, but since the 1980s a rapidly developing area. This station comes as the epitome of long years of transformation of this part of Athens into a dynamic hub for transport, local commerce and real estate. Not as rich as the northern or coastal suburbs, yet possessing its own distinct character. For sure, the new metro station in the "Estavromenos" Square (meaning "The Square of crucified Christ), will boost this dynamism and will catapult the already rising real estate process in the area.

-After Elaionas, the platforms in Egaleo look like "normal" Athenian metro ones.



The Egaleo station looks like an art gallery of a high-class clinic with this bright white light. I didn't take any pics of the atrium in the tickets hall because I didn't like the ankles. However, one should be aware that the entrance of the station is right on the Estavromenos square which for sure, is one of the biggest in Athens.


-The Atrium as seen from the Estavromenos square, this is a tiny part of the whole square.



-The Church of the Crucified Christ as seen from the square. I used the camera zoom for this pic. Very interesting church, needs a second close visit too.



This is the Iera Odos (Holy road) that passes in front of the station to the side of the huge square. An arterial road for the area which, as mentioned above, is now rapidly developing.

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Old May 28th, 2007, 12:07 AM   #129
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WOOOOOOOOW!!!! that is something!!! the new stations look very good!
and for sure i'm not the only one person who likes the 'ancient staff' shown in some stations.

one question: how looks like the new metro map with this new extension??
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Old May 28th, 2007, 12:17 AM   #130
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It’s amazing that Robert Schwandl has already updated the map on his site!

http://www.urbanrail.net/eu/ath/athens.htm
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Old May 28th, 2007, 12:19 AM   #131
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GrigorisSokratis, let’s keep this thread free of science fiction please!
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Looks good, I like the ticket halls/escalators bit though i'm not fond of the actual platforms... Marbles = 90s.

What does NATM mean by the way?
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I don't think that marble = 90's in this kind of architecture..especially when Attica(the prefecture of Athens) produces such a high quality shining marble, famous million yeras ago till now.
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Looks good, I like the ticket halls/escalators bit though i'm not fond of the actual platforms... Marbles = 90s.

What does NATM mean by the way?
New Austrian Tunnelling method

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Aus...nelling_method

As for marbles, they are not characteristic of a certain decade. Here in Greece we have always used them a lot on the floors in our houses.
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great projects
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Old May 28th, 2007, 01:35 AM   #136
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Impressive new metro stations, as usual in Athens metro!!

I will see them in September.
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Interesting stations and nice photos! My guess is 553 million euros.
You are close. The cost has exceeded 600,000,000 Euros
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Impressive new metro stations, as usual in Athens metro!!

I will see them in September.
I’m glad that you come to Athens again. You’ll also see a 10 km section of the suburban railway from Larissa Station to Piraeus that will come into operation in June.
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Is it? That is very good. Actually, we should present the suburban rail works which also take place in western Athens. Not to mention that a big shopping centre will be built at the rerminal station of the suburban rail in Piraeus which is only a walking distance away from the metro station and chances are the two will be connected either with a skybridge or with a tunnel.

Not to mention the crazies talking about the shopping centre extending above the streets and connecting in fact the tewo stations!!!!

In any case, with the extension of the suburban rail to Piraeus, this city will be directly connected to the airport and travellers will not need to use the rest of the metro system and change trains from line 1 to line 3 in Monastiraki to go to the airport.

Good news!!!
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Such beautiful modern stations...some of the best!
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