Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Arts et Metiers Metro Station

In the 3rd arrondissement there is a famous high profile technical school called Le Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers. For the 200 year anniversary of the school - in 1994 -François Schuiten (a Belgian comics illustrator) redesigned the Métro station that takes you there (which, quite logically, is also called Arts et Métiers) and turned it into a giant submarine with massive use of copper. The result is fantastic and it is definitely worth the visit.


  1. I have been there and I confirm. This subway station is great looking!
    I should also mention that there is a museum of Science and Technology attached to the "CNAM".
    Go check "http://www.arts-et-metiers.net"
    This museum is largely worth being visited.

  2. I didn't walk in the station, but went through it withe the metro... Beautiful station, indeed. And sorry for my bad english...

    Je ne me suis pas arrêté à cette station, mais l'ai traversée en métro. Elle est belle, en effet.

  3. Gorgeous!

    Now, can we get him to fix the Abbesses station? A picture of that one wouldn't even do it justice. (Yuck!)

  4. Stunning, really. I was totally unfamiliar with that subway station. Anothere thing to add on my list of things to check out next summer.

  5. New to me, too. Fantastic!!! I love it! Thank you! I don't remember that station looking like that a couple of years ago? Well done!

    The CNAM also has a little coffee shop type of meeting place where a tired tourist can sit quietly and write postcards and stuff while having a drink or an expresso or nothing at all, doubt if they would bother you if you'd just wanted to sit there and rest a while.

    By the way, I confirm that the Musée des Arts et Métiers is quite a lot of fun to visit. If memory serves, there is even a little Statue of Liberty in there (human size).

  6. wow...Eric is the greatest.

  7. Another annoyingly brilliant shot, Eric. I also used to live at this metro station (Arts et Métiers) when I had just arrived in Paris, so this also has a lot of strange memories for me. Are there any of your shots that DON'T evoke strange memories for me?!

  8. I just love it ! This is a great photo Eric.... Combination of our Belgian friend's superbe work and your photo makes everyday life "scenery" look like a movie !

  9. I love this station.

    PS have you checked out Grand Magasin? I think you will like it: http://zohiloff.typepad.com/grand_magasin/