Along the U-Bahn Subway Line in Frankfurt, Germany, an exciting building appears like a tramway car falling onto the sidewalk. Yet, it is not a tram car. The structure, known as the Bockenheimer Warte, is a subway station entrance with an architectural twist. The strange subway entrance, designed by architect Zbigniew Peter Pininski, takes the form of a tram car half immersed in the ground. The lopsided vehicle, however, is actually linked to an underground metro station.
The Bockenheimer Warte was constructed in 1986. Pininski created the unconventional design to alleviate local residents’ concerns. The city was currently working on expanding its railway network during the time. Yet, the locals have expressed alarm over the developments. The architect thought that by designing a folly for the subway entrance, he could alleviate some of the strain.
And so it was. The Bockenheimer Warte is popular with both locals and tourists. It is, without a doubt, one of the most magnificent architectural accomplishments Frankfurt has to offer. When the subway station was expanded in 2001, the engineers chose not to modify or redesign the subterranean entrance. Visitors to Frankfurt always continue by and photograph the unusual subway station entrance. Check out these images:
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