arata isozaki + andrea maffei associati: new bologna central station
 
arata isozaki + andrea maffei associati: new bologna central station
may 02, 2011

arata isozaki + andrea maffei associati: new bologna central station

‘bologna central station’ by arata isozaki + andrea maffei associati
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designboom recently visited the milan studio of arata isozaki + andrea maffei associati, where we were given an exclusive preview of ‘bologna central station’ which is set to be completed in 2015. dictated by the conditions of the italian city, the development aims to merge a series of overlapping urban needs with the contrasting industrial and historical environments that surround the station.

arata isozaki + andrea maffei associati: new bologna central station
central hub
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an architectural distinction between old and new references the division of the city and reacts to the two realities of the neighborhood. one on side, the existing historical station will be preserved while the contemporary extension will be positioned on the back towards the industrial area. a sequence of independent and intersecting volumes  correspond to the urban texture of the modern district. based on an orthogonal grid, the design adopts a clearly geometric layout  that is connected through a series of internal courtyards and gardens.

arata isozaki + andrea maffei associati: new bologna central station
train platforms
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the exterior facade, a transparent and decomposing web-like surface, serves to lighten the overall mass which spans six hundred meters. abstract and stark in its appearance, the bold white structure isolates itself from the existing forms. acting as a central connector to the train platforms and binary spaces, the hub contains commercial functions such as the ticket counters, food and beverage outlets, retail booths and waiting rooms. abstract and organically formed light wells cut through the vast interior volume, breaking up the otherwise linear space while subtly merging each subsequent level.

arata isozaki + andrea maffei associati: new bologna central station
atrium
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connected by an enclosed glass bridge, the existing station serves as an alternative entrance and exit point that leads visitors to the historic center. looking to integrate the station with the larger community, the building will house a theater, sports complex and congress hall for use by both travelers and the citizens of the city.

arata isozaki + andrea maffei associati: new bologna central station
entrance on industrial side of city
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arata isozaki + andrea maffei associati: new bologna central station
surrounding modern center
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arata isozaki + andrea maffei associati: new bologna central station
site plan
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arata isozaki + andrea maffei associati: new bologna central station
floor plan of central connecting hub
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arata isozaki + andrea maffei associati: new bologna central station
section
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arata isozaki + andrea maffei associati: new bologna central station
physical model
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model by one off 
(milano)

arata isozaki + andrea maffei associati: new bologna central station
top view of model
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model by one off

arata isozaki + andrea maffei associati: new bologna central station
detail of model
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model by one off

arata isozaki + andrea maffei associati: new bologna central station
detail of model
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model by one off

arata isozaki + andrea maffei associati: new bologna central station
roof detail on model
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model by one off

arata isozaki + andrea maffei associati: new bologna central station
architect andrea maffei with model (model by one off)
portrait © designboom

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