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Calatrava awarded for Liège-Guillemins TGV

Santiago Calatrava is among the recipients of the 2010 Travel + Leisure Design Awards. The innovative designer won for his Liège-Guillemins TGV Railway Station, which opened in Belgium this past September.

Now in its sixth year, the awards recognize the year’s best examples of design and architecture in travel. The winners, who appear in categories ranging from hotels and transportation to culture and fashion, each represent the significance of design and its impact on the travel experience. This year, the recipients were chosen by an esteemed panel of judges including fashion designer, Isaac Mizrahi and architect Jean-Michel Gathy.

Calatrava, who is best known for his acclaimed bridges, transportation centers and educational buildings, designed the Liège-Guillemins TGV Railway Station in order to meet the demands of high-speed rail travel. Since its official opening in September 2009, the new station has already asserted itself as a prominent symbol for the city of Liège’s renewal. Linking England, France, Belgium and Germany, amongst others, the Station’s high-speed trains are providing scenic alternatives for leisure travelers, enhancing the efficiency of business travelers worldwide and most importantly, are shortening the times of travel distances considerably.

“My goal was to create a 21st century transportation facility that would bring new life into the industrial city of Liège, while positioning it as the epicenter of the north European high-speed network,” said Santiago Calatrava, architect and designer of the Liège-Guillemins TGV Railway Station. “To be recognized by Travel + Leisure, as well as by members of the design community for my work is truly an honor.”

This is Calatrava’s second consecutive Travel + Leisure Design Award. In 2009, the architect was recognized for “Best Bridge” for his Jerusalem Light Rail Bridge in Israel.

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