history, the River Turia has defined the identity of Valencia.
Following the walls of the old city, the river flowed into the delta
marshland, which served as a natural southern boundary. But the Turia was
prone to frequent flooding and would devastate wide areas, despite the
impressive walls of the Masonic guild. After massive flooding in 1957, the
river was finally diverted, and the resulting tract of land has been
developed as a linear park that runs through the city.
planning a new subway system, with three lines that link peripheral towns to
central Valencia, the city authorities initiated a five-part competition for
a prototypical subway entrance, a prototypical twin-platform station, the
terminus at Palmaret, and the Alameda station and bridge.
The Alameda station was to be an important node on the subway where two
lines meet beneath the Turia riverbed.
the subway is expressed as a paved and translucent glass surface, punctuated
by a series of protruding, angled skylights. The approaches to the subway
are from either side of the embankment, via ramps and stairs that lead down
to the plaza. The platforms can be reached via elevators, housed in the
buttresses of the bridge, and via escalators and stairs that are accessed
through mechanical doors. When open the doors frame the entrances, when
closed they are flush with the paving, thus sealing the station.
light filters up through the glass inlays to gently illuminate the bridge. A
simple local cladding. made of broken white tiles, is used for the wall
surfaces. Below grade the walls are hollow core to prevent groundwater
seepage. The distinctiveness of the Alameda Bridge and the Metro Station,
combined with the void of the riverbed, create a singular urban experience.
of bridge: 148 meters.
Regional Government of Valencia.