To Liège at long last to visit Santiago Calatrava’s brilliant Liège Guillemins station building. It is truly a work of art and I imagine that it is now, among other things, a set piece for art students studying perspective. The genius of the piece is in the use of light and space to create an organic surface that makes the steel, concrete and glass structure seem light and airy. Even on this freezing, foggy Sunday morning a gang of photographers and enthusiasts were scattered about the structure, taking pictures and making sketches. Indeed, it’s difficult to resist the temptation to take pictures of the structure. Every angle, every position, brings a fresh combination of shapes and forms. Sheer brilliance. My misgivings about the scale of the structure and its imposition on the urban fabric of the city were dispelled when our Liègois friends explained that the city is gradually undertaking a major regeneration project that will see perspectives opened up towards the Meuse. Liège is one of two candidates for the 2017 edition of the International Exposition and this station surely makes a fitting entrance to the city. With the city about to lose a further 3,000 steel jobs, one can only wish it luck.