This is the central tram station in Łódź, Poland. It’s nicknamed the Unicorn Stable, because it’s made of rainbows and magic, obviously.
Technically the station is named Piotrkowska-Centrum. You can see it on the Łódź tramway map where the orange and blue lines come together.
It’s everything I think great urban architecture should be: simulltaneously intricately ornamented and unblushingly contemporary.
The most obvious feature is the colorful stained glass—actually a glass-like plastic—that lets in light and gives the inside an ethereal-seeming rainbow glow.
Equally dazzling are the intricate lattice columns holding up the roof.
The overall effect of an expansive, open ground level set under a high, ornamented top is something like a catheral, except light and airy and modern and devoted to transit.
I don’t know a whole lot about Łódź or its tram system. I have no idea if the Unicorn Stable operates efficiently or if its planners built it within budget. I learned about via Instagram, and all I can speak to are its aesthetics.
But aesthetics matter. It’s nice to have pretty things with your infrastructure.
And y’all, I love this so much.