The construction of the Stadelhofen Train Station in Zurich is the work of the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Built in 1884, the late-classical station building had a concrete and steel platform roof added in the 1990’s.
An equally organic sculptural stair and bridge system serves as a pedestrian passage across the railway and up to a gangway providing passers-by with seating and a view. Particularly striking are the ornate hinged doors that close off the exits to the underground shopping area each night. Stadelhofen Station is not Calatrava’s only work in Zurich. He also designed the Alumni House and the Library of the Law Institute at the University of Zurich. After completing his degree in civil engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in the 70's Calatrava opened his first architecture and engineering firm in Zurich in 1981.