The station, designed by Santiago
Calatrava, reaches a height of 40 metres and, with
its two awnings, a width of 150 m.
Opened in 2009, it took over ten years to
build due to the need to keep it operational
during the construction work. With its
enormous glass roof that lets the light in, it is often called a
‘cathedral of the modern age’. Its white colour and
forms denote the style of Santiago Calatrava, the great Spanish
architect of worldwide fame. Although modern, the station bears in
the ancient name of Guillemins, referring back to a religious
order, the ‘Guillemites’. The order was founded St
William and established itself in the Middle Ages.