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Lisbon's "Oriente", West of Europe
April 26, 2008
The westernmost station of the European High-Speed network will be called “Oriente Station”.
We are in Lisbon, of course, where Santiago Calatrava’s famous work will become object of considerable enlargement in order to adapt to the new function introduced by the RAVE (Rede de Alta Velocidade).
The initial plan of the Ministry for Public Works was to assign the commission by competition. This decision was revised, however, precisely by virtue of the strong architectural characterisation of the existing structures, of which the Spanish architect holds the copyright. Calatrava is indeed the only one who can step in, and consequently the commission was entrusted directly to him.
Works to adapt the station to its new function mainly provide for constructing two new platforms and lengthening the existing ones from 300 to 415 metres.
The overall cost will amount to 8.2 million euros, and work is expected to be completed by 2013.
 
 
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