Côte-Sainte-Catherine is a station on the Orange Line of Montreal's Metro. It received its name from the nearby chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, which itself was named after Saint Catherine of Alexandria.
The station features only one entrance, which contains a triangular-shaped arrangement of windows at the surface. Once inside the signature green, yellow and orange colour scheme quickly comes into view. Heading down to the mezzanine either by stairs or escalators, more coloured geometric murals along the walls come into view, adding a nice splash of colour to the space. During the descent, the space is open on one side to look down onto the mezzanine, emphasizing the large and open space. The path from the surface to the platforms takes the shape of a triangle, spiralling down to the lowest levels below ground.
The ceiling of the mezzanine is very high and slopes at a 45-degree angle, which in fact provides some views back up towards the entrance. Prior to passing through the fare gates, a convenience store is present, offering tasty beverages and treats to eager commuters.
The platforms are partially open to the space above, again taking advantage of the extremely high sloped ceiling and space. The platforms are decorated with angular cut-outs in the wall and feature yellow bucket seating.
The fact that you can easily see down into the mezzanine from the levels above, as well as the opposite of seeing up from the platforms, is quite unique. The large, cavernous and open space of the station interior is in direct contrast to the relatively small entrance building at the surface.
The main artwork is a series of murals throughout the station, that were created by Gilbert Sauvé. In total, eight brightly coloured murals help direct passengers through the station to the exit. They are presented as a combination of green, yellow and orange patterns.
STATION FACTS AND MAP
- Opening Date: January 4, 1982
- Line: 2
- Previous Station: Plamondon
- Following Station: Snowdon
- Entrances: 1