Belgium Belgica subwaystation, Brussels

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Gert Lucas

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Belgica station was opened on 6 October 1982 together with Bockstael, Pannenhuis, Simonis and Ossegem to extend metro line 1A from Beekkant to Bockstael. Since the metro network was revised in 2009, metro line 6 operated this station.

In 2009, this metro station was thoroughly renovated into a kind of permanent exhibition related to the climate linked to the Antarctic expedition of the ship Belgica. The old platform structures and wall mosaics were removed. New tiling and platform infrastructure was installed while the walls were lined lengthwise with large information boards.

Under the title Belgica, Camiel Van Breedam designed a steel sculpture next to one of the entrances to the station. The work refers to the ship of the same name. Seven arches in the colors of the rainbow are placed above one of the entrances. Daylight hits the island platform through a skylight over the entire length of the roof. Since the renovation of 2009, the color scheme of the station refers to the poles, with a painting on the walls showing the theme of the South Pole expedition of the ship Belgica. Before the renovation, the station had a much darker appearance with a moss-green painting.

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