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Tibidabo Funicular Station


The lower station of the Tibidabo funicular was built in 1888, designed as both train station to guide the visitors up to the park, and as first technological attraction leading to the park itself. The proposed joyride of Tibidabo started therefore with this welcoming building that samples a typical train station. It provided the ground part with the entrance and train facilities as well as an apartment on the second level, where the station keeper would live. A gable roof protected the train and the platforms, forming the house of the train itself. Due to the characteristics of the funicular, the station is built in a U form. Over the years the building has been transformed on various key occasions, always leading the park into a new modernized phase of its existence, including little auxiliary constructions alongside.

The building is a typical train station: with a lower area, where the entrance is located, and an apartment in the first floor for the station keeper lived. On the top of the volume, a gable roof protects the train and the platforms, as if it was the “house of the train.” Obviously, the position of the building is in a slope, due to the funicular characteristics. Over the years, the building has been modified, with little auxiliary constructions added alongside. The intervention started by cleaning the building of the additional creating a free and diaphanous space inside. The recovered inner spaces unveil the vintage tile and metallic ceilings, referencing with the style of the building its origins. The cast iron pillars and the original pavement are restored. Flowerlike elements are added to the ground. White panels occupy the hall area, working as screens for projections of the park activities. While waiting for the train, the audience would be able to enjoy these projections on plasterboard-and-wood-made panels.

 

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