Kyoto’s Stunning Railway Station
“The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
Kyoto Station 京都駅
Kyoto Station is one of the largest railway stations in the world. It opened in 1997 commemorating Kyoto’s 1,200th anniversary. The architecture is stunning, mixing a futurist style with traditional Japanese elements.
You can spend hours strolling inside and around the 70 meters high and 470 meters long railway station. Glass plates over steel frames cover most of the building. The 15 storey building incorporates a shopping mall, hotel, movie theater, restaurants, government facilities and more.
“This project is gigantic.” – Hiroshi Hara, Kyoto Station architect
The interior of the station is enormous: 238,000 square meters!
The atrium “is like a traditional Kyoto home in that nearly all the visual interest is focused inward, with a simpler face directed to the world.” – Hiroshi Hara
On the rooftop of the station is the “Happy Terrace” – an open space surrounded by bamboo trees. A grandiose staircase of 171 steps and a series of escalators take the visitors to the top.
“Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.” – Le Corbusier
All photos have been taken with Sigma DP series camera.