Eiffel’s Train Station in Budapest


The viewpoint is looking up at the iron- and glass-vaulted ceiling of Budapest’s Nyugati train station, designed by Gustave Eiffel at the turn of the last century. In 1875 (before the eponymous tower commissioned in 1887), Gustave Eiffel was given an important contract for the terminus for the line from Vienna to Budapest. The station in Budapest was innovative because rather than conceal the metal structure behind an elaborate facade, Eiffel’s design for Budapest used the metal structure as the centerpiece of the building, flanked on either side by conventional stone and brick-clad structures housing administrative offices. The modern glass and iron construction materials remains an airy and light for the trains.


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