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Old January 10th, 2006, 07:42 PM   #101
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Old May 27th, 2006, 08:04 AM   #102
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Berlin's new Super-Station officially opened!!!

Station of dreams a symbol of Berlin's revival


The gargantuan, five-level terminus took more than 10 years to build.

Allan Hall, Berlin
May 27, 2006

EUROPE'S first custom-built railway station in a hundred years has opened in Berlin as a statement of faith in the capital of reunited Germany and of the future of railways in an aircraft age.

The Hauptbahnhof — Main Station — is a cathedral dedicated to the iron horse, a dollop of gigantism in the heart of a city reinventing itself. Even those who never travel by train will be impressed with the architectural shock-and-awe that this Goliath inspires.

Tallest, widest, grandest, boldest — it encapsulates the kind of grandiosity that a previous German ruler called Adolf Hitler plotted for a new super-Reich capital he was to call Germania on the site where Berlin still stands. Those are the parallels the critics of this $A1.2 billion project like to draw.

But mostly the reaction to the Hauptbahnhof is one of pride intermingled with sadness at the departure of a much-loved halt further down the road where the big express trains have pulled in since the end of World War II.

Zoo Bahnhof, which affords travellers the odd glimpse of the llamas and buffaloes at the adjacent animal park, now becomes a regional-trains-only ugly sister to the spanking new Hauptbahnhof.

Germany's single most ambitious building project after the collapse of communism, goes online in time for the World Cup, which kicks off on June 9.

Its statistics, like its location, are impressive. Built on five levels it will handle 300,000 passengers on 750 computer-controlled trains a day that arrive and depart at intervals of just 90 seconds.

The station is the culmination of a dream for Berliners interrupted by bloody wars and partition.

The city fathers have always wanted a New York-style Grand Central Station instead of the plethora of terminals that once dotted the landscape. Now it has one to rival New York's station as a symbol of the newly confident, economically resurgent Germany.

It has been under construction for 11 years on the former no-man's-land between East and West Berlin, adjoining the death strip and old minefields that kept the two Germanies at bay for 40 long years. Passengers will see the German Parliament, the Reichstag, nearby, together with the washing machine-shaped Chancellery, official residence of new German leader Angela Merkel, although she continues to live in a small flat some distance away because the Chancellery — like the station to some — is too grand for her.

The no-man's-land past of the station has been carried to the present: there is little infrastructure. But within the steel-and-glass colossus there are 80 restaurants, bars, underwear shops, perfume boutiques and chemists on three floors.

The station will be the greatest rail junction in Europe, the nexus for trains travelling on all points of the compass in a back-to-the-future revival of the mode of transport that still gives the plane and the car a run for their money on the Continent.

"There have been critics, about style, about costs, about everything, but this is a magnificent achievement," said a Deutsche Bahn spokesman.

BIG PROJECT — BIG STATISTICS

■ 500,000 square metres of reinforced concrete used in the construction.
■ 1500 kilometres of cables keep the lights on and computers up.

■ 9000 fire sprinklers installed.

■ 1200 loudspeakers inform passengers of arrivals, departures, delays and cancellations.

■ 54 escalators and 49 lifts move the passengers through station.

■ 900 jobs have been created as a result of the construction.

■ 45 homes could be powered for a year through the electricity generating-cells on the roof.
























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Old May 27th, 2006, 08:13 AM   #103
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I must say that the design of it, isn`t to good. There is no feel to it for me. No personality,.. its just made to look modern.. but in few years.. maybe 2-3.. the station will be dirty and just another station.

It would be more interesting, if the station got cool design. Something that made it Berlins main station.

Sorry, oki to cellebrate for the finished work, but I just have to give the work nothing more than nice. I expected much more from Germans than this, because I know that they can do better.
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Old May 27th, 2006, 10:19 AM   #104
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Wow, it looks great inside. On the outside it looks like an entertainment complex!
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Old May 27th, 2006, 01:34 PM   #105
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Old May 27th, 2006, 01:50 PM   #106
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Marvellous!

Germany is ready for World Cup!
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Old May 27th, 2006, 02:14 PM   #107
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Its modern but it looks boring and I think it lacks character.
Nice lights.
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Old May 27th, 2006, 02:24 PM   #108
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Boring and ugly. They decided to save some money and use simpler designs in order to finish it in time for the World Cup and it certainly shows. Calatrava's station in Lisbon is 10 times better.
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Old May 27th, 2006, 02:27 PM   #109
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boring and ugly outside. nice inside.
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Old May 27th, 2006, 02:49 PM   #110
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Gee, Melbourne certainly got stiched up like a kipper in what it got for its money at the new Spencer St. station as compared to Berlin's Hauptbahnhof.
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Old May 27th, 2006, 07:56 PM   #111
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Boring and ugly. They decided to save some money and use simpler designs in order to finish it in time for the World Cup and it certainly shows. Calatrava's station in Lisbon is 10 times better.
Actually the changes costed more and took more time
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Old May 27th, 2006, 08:05 PM   #112
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I love it. Its friggin awesome!
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Old May 27th, 2006, 08:07 PM   #113
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Major new station opens in Berlin

The biggest railway station in Europe has been inaugurated in Berlin by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.




A two-day celebration is being held in the German capital to mark the opening of the 700m euros (£480m) Hauptbahnhof.

The station formally opens on Sunday, just two weeks before Germany hosts the football World Cup.

But the festivities were marred when a knifeman attacked spectators leaving the ceremony, injuring at least 19 people, police said.

"A crazy man ran down the street stabbing people arbitrarily," a policeman at the scene told Reuters news agency.

Police said a 17-year-old youth has been arrested in connection with the attacks.

The glass-roofed structure has been built close to where the Berlin Wall once cut through the capital.

Symbolic

The station took eight years to build and for the first time will link the railway lines in the north and south of Berlin with those in the east and west.

Around 300,000 passengers are expected to use it every day.

"The new transparent central station is a symbol of a modern country that is open to the rest of the world," Ms Merkel said as she inaugurated the five-storey station.

"Standing so close to where the Berlin Wall was, the station represents a bridge that brings the city together," she said.

However, some Berliners have complained that the station is too far from the city's main social and commercial attractions

The 151ft (46m) steel and glass structure dwarfs the nearby parliament buildings of the Reichstag and the Chancellery, where Ms Merkel has her office.

Some reports suggest the overall cost of the station, including reconstruction of the area and rails around it, a road tunnel under it and re-routing the Spree River next to it, was about $13bn.


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Old May 27th, 2006, 11:58 PM   #114
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Actually the changes costed more and took more time
Well, for years you couldn't see any progress and then they just decided to speed up things to get everything done in time for the wc. The original designs looked much better.
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Old May 28th, 2006, 01:30 AM   #115
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I think this is perhaps one of the best stations in the world. Although on the outside looks boring the inside is stunning the two levels of train platform is awesome, and the scale is stunning.
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It's hardly the most inspiring design but I think it looks really good on the inside and outside and that light show is pretty impressive.
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I like the inside, very nice and spacious. the outside is okay except I dont like the box part that goes across the station, it just doesnt fit in with the rest
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IMPRESSIVE!

now THIS is Germany to me. Bombastic, ultramodern, efficient, BIG, visionary and futuristic and just beautiful. In true german style.

I'm sure it would have looked even more beautiful with the original design and I'm a bit sorry for their decision to not stay to the original design, but oh well... I surely adore this anyways.
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Old May 28th, 2006, 03:49 AM   #119
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I wonder if the light beams on top were only for the opening or if they will remain.


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Boring and ugly. They decided to save some money and use simpler designs in order to finish it in time for the World Cup and it certainly shows. Calatrava's station in Lisbon is 10 times better.
It was designed by architects from Hamburg (GMP), which is always a guarantee for a good deal of boredom in the design.

And the station will make taxi drivers happy because there's nothing around it and it doesn't even have a link with the subway network.

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