Welcome to Lisbon, Portugal and the Gare do Oriente Station. The station serves as a transportation hub for subways, taxis, buses, and community rails. It was designed by Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava. The steel construction on the station was done by EMESA Elaborados Metalicos S.A.
The station was inaugurated on 19 May 1998, as part of the celebrations marking the opening of the Expo ’98 world’s fair. At the time of its opening it was considered the largest intermodal station in Portugal., winning the Brunel Award on 7 October 1998, in the category of large new construction projects.
The rail station was conceived with a multi-modal platform intersecting the cardinal axes for the various transport modes.
With some influence from Gothic architecture, the station bears considerable resemblance to Santiago Calatrava’s earlier Allen Lambert Galleria within Toronto’s Brookfield Place. Calatrava’s objective was to realize a new space with ample room and functionality providing multiple connections between various zones in the metropolitan area of Lisbon
Oriente Station is one of the largest transportation hubs in the world. 75 million passengers pass through the station on a yearly basis making it just as busy as Grand Central Terminal in New York City.