new images taken by hufton+crow mark the first year of train services at the zaha hadid-designed ‘napoli afragola’ railway station. intended as a gateway to southern italy, the interchange is the first phase of a larger development that will complete in 2022. located 12 kilometers north of naples, construction began in 2015 with the building inaugurated in 2017.

zaha hadid napoli afragola
all images by hufton + crow



zaha hadid architects conceived the project as an ‘urbanized public bridge’ that connects the communities on either side of the railway. the station’s configuration is defined by its circulation routes, which minimize walking distances. large entrances at both ends of the station guide visitors to elevated public zones lined with shops and other amenities. passengers from either side meet in a central atrium overlooked by cafés and restaurants, before descending to the platforms below.

zaha hadid napoli afragola
the project is intended as a gateway to southern italy



designed as an extruded trapezoid along its 450 meter curved path, the station’s elevated concourse is orientated at an angle from the railway tracks to improve its environmental performance. meanwhile, an integrated solar photovoltaic array and natural light and ventilation, as well as ground source cooling and heating systems, enable the station to minimize energy consumption.

zaha hadid napoli afragola
a central atrium is overlooked by cafés and restaurants



when all rail lines become operational by 2022, 32,700 passengers are expected to use the station every day (approximately 12 million passengers each year), with up to 4,800 local commuters using the station each morning and evening rush-hour. the project intends to relieve congestion in naples city center, but does not replace the existing terminus at napoli centrale.

zaha hadid napoli afragola
elevated public zones are lined with shops and other amenities

zaha hadid napoli afragola
18 high speed trains currently move through the station on daily basis

zaha hadid napoli afragola
the platforms offer views across the southern italian landscape

zaha hadid napoli afragola
clear circulation routes help minimize walking distances

zaha hadid napoli afragola
the project has been conceived as an ‘urbanized public bridge’

zaha hadid napoli afragola
large entrances at both ends of the station welcome visitors

zaha hadid napoli afragola
the station is located 12 kilometers north of naples

zaha hadid napoli afragola
the interchange is the first phase of a larger development that will complete in 2022



project info:


name: stazione alta velocitá di napoli afragola
location: napoli afragola, italy
competition win: 2003
start of construction: may 2015
completion (phase 1): june 6, 2017
program: train station, retail, hospitality
users: 32,700 passengers per day, the new station serves a population of over 3 million people living north of napoli, caserta, avellino and benevento
travel time rome-napoli: 55 minutes
procurement: competition
total floor area: 30,000 sqm
site area: 190,000 sqm
retail/hospitality area: 10,000 sqm
car park: 1,500 parking spaces, 15 bus ranks
main materials: 30,000 m3 of concrete; 4,500 t of steel; 5,600 t of metal carpentry; 20,000 sqm of cladding panel; 6,000 sqm of glass façade/cladding


client: RFI s.p.a. (rete ferroviaria italiana)
architect: zaha hadid architects
design: zaha hadid & patrik schumacher
project director: filippo innocenti
project associate: roberto vangeli
project architect (competition phase): filippo innocenti, paola cattarin
site supervision team: marco guardincerri
michele salvi: pasquale miele (bc, building consulting)
design team: michele salvi; federico bistolfi; cesare griffa; paolo zilli; mario mattia; tobias hegemann; chiara baccarini; alessandra bellia; serena pietrantonj; roberto cavallaro; karim muallem; luciano letteriello; domenico di francesco; marco guardincerri; davide del giudice.
competition team: fernando perez vera; ergian alberg; hon kong chee; cesare griffa; karim muallem; steven hatzellis thomas vietzke; jens borstelmann; robert neumayr; elena perez; adriano de gioannis; simon kim; selim mimita


consultants —
structural engineering and geotechnics: akt – (hanif kara, paul scott); interprogetti – (giampiero martuscelli)
environmental engineering, M&E: max fordham – (henry luker, neil smith); studio reale – (francesco reale, vittorio criscuolo gaito)
building regulation, co-ordination local team: interplan 2 srl – (alessandro gubitosi)
costing: building consulting – (pasquale miele)
fire safety: macchiaroli & partners srl – (roberto macchiaroli)
landscape design: gross max – (eelco hooftman)
transport engineering: JMP – (max matteis)
acoustic design: paul guilleron acoustics – (paul guilleron)
construction design: sair-geie – (prof. ing. f. sylos labini; ing d. sylos labini); rocca bacci associati
contractor: ati astaldi s.p.a (astaldi s.p. a; NBI s.p.a)