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June 17–19: metro construction

The next day after that was another treat: a tour of a new Barcelona Metro station under construction, Llefià, part of the Line 9/Line 10 expansion into the northeast of the metropolis. Llefià is actually in Badalona. It took me over an hour to sleuth out which of the new stations this actually was. You're welcome.

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We had to take the Metro to another station, maybe Fondo, and then a bus, to get there. On the way to the bus: this was absolutely the vermilionest crane I had ever seen.

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A sudden spotting of the waning crescent moon.

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Upon arrival at Llefià: the station's enveloping entry canopy.

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A rather elegant structure.

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We had to suit up in hard hats and safety vests, of course.

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Laying down the floor at the entrance level.

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Because the station serves an area well upslope from the sea, whereas the Metro was originally built for the areas of the city near sea level, its platforms are deep underground to prevent the trains from having to climb excessively. Here, a view all the way down.

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Luckily, railings were already in place.

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From the bottom of the well, a highly sci-fi view all the way up.

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These new Metro lines are automatic, hence the doors to the train tunnel. The platforms are within relatively small tunnels, and so they are also rather sci-fi.

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As is the detailing of the waiting benches.

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Serious fan power is needed for proper air circulation.

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A leftover corner.

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Upon our reemergence from the bowels of the earth, the sun screened by the entrance canopy.

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A more orthogonal sun/screen composition for good measure. Morthogonal.

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At Sagrera station, an intense metal ceiling.

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Meanwhile, you can tell that this is the inside of the train itself, since the slats are running the other way.

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A couple evenings later, there were some pretty excellent twilight cloud colors.

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It looks almost like the antennas are pointed toward the sunset.

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A purple wisps detail.