In an efforts to avoid the devastating effects of urban sprawl and maintain it’s lowrise landscape, Helsinki has taken it’s industrial development underground.
This smart strategy sustains it’s natural habitats and frees up land above ground for more profitable and beautiful real estate development.
Tunnels of Helsinki City
Currently, Helsinki City has over 60 km of tunnels that house the municipality’s heating and cooling systems. A years consumption of coal for half the city is also stored below street level, as you’ll see in this video.
Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland
Drassanes Station in Barcelona Spain
Marienplatz Station in Munich Germany
The Marienplatz Station is high traffic stop on the Munich S-Bahn and U-Bahn network, located under the square of the same name in Munich’s city centre.
Westfriedhof Station in Munich Germany
Another high design underground station in Germany. Large lamps measuring 3.80 metres in diameter bathe the Westfriedhof Station in a soft blue, red and yellow light.
Museum Subway Station in Toronto Canada
East Side Access in New York City
In New York City, there’s a $8.4 billion underground public works project called East Side Access. When done, it will connecting Long Island to Manhattan’s East Side with 24 subway trains.
You can follow the progress of this massive undertaking with weekly photo status updates.