Kanazawa Station, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan Simultaneously traditional and futuristic, Kanazawa Station features a traditional wooden ‘Tsuzumi’ gate, a domed glass and steel roof and an idyllic courtyard of blossoming trees and water features. The station was officially completed in 2005 and is on the JR Hokuriku Line.
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La Gare de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France The original design by Berlin architect Johann Jacobsthal was erected in 1883 but the Strasbourg station building is most famous for the egg-shaped glass canopy added in 2007. The award-winning design features 120 meters of curved glass panels that send sunlight dancing across the façade.
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1 / 11 Atocha Station, Madrid, Spain. Madrid's first railway opened in 1851 and remains the biggest station in the city with an estimated 16 million passengers passing through its doors each year. Despite its more macabre notoriety as the location of the 2004 '11-M' bombings, the Atocha's real draw is its spacious and airy design, featuring an indoor 'botanical garden' as a centerpiece. Find out what you need to know about train travel in Spain. PHOTOS: The World's 11 Coolest Train Stations
Built in 1910 to a design by architect A.B.Hubbock, the Kuala Lumpur railway station is a Moorish-style building that closer resembles a grand palace than a transport hub. Today, the station has lost much of its traffic to the new KL Sentral station, but several commuter routes still pass through its historic tracks.