De La Savane is a station on the Orange Line of Montreal's Metro. It received its name from nearby rue De La Savane.
De La Savane is one of the most visually stunning on the metro system. The rather ordinary entrance building on the surface hides quite well what is to be experienced inside.
From the moment of entering the station, it quickly becomes apparent that it is unlike most others. The walls and ceiling all have special mural-like treatments to them, featuring lots of rough or smooth angled lines and curves. The integrated light fixtures are round orbs, that protrude from the walls. All the elements combine to create something very organic, futuristic or other-worldly in this underground space. Once at the mezzanine level, a large metal sculpture, attached to the wall, reaches up and is illuminated by natural light entering from above.
Once past the fare gates, the side platforms are accessed from the sides. The arched lines of the tunnelled portion of the station, again featuring the orb-style lights, help continue the theme and look to the farthest reaches of the station.
De La Savane is unique in its consistent theme and look. From the orb lights to the special design treatment of the walls and ceiling, it is amazing to see the signature elements of the station maintained throughout and not just localized to one area. It definitely is a must-visit station on the Metro system.
The main public artwork is a tall metal sculpture on the mezzanine level, entitled Calcite, created by Maurice Lemieux. Natural light entering from above helps illuminate the sculpture. The sculpture's name and shape are derived from the natural mineral calcite, which the artist predicted would be found in the rock surrounding the station.
STATION FACTS AND MAP
- Opening Date: January 9, 1984
- Line: 2
- Previous Station: Du Collège
- Following Station: Namur
- Entrances: 1