The extension for the Central Station of Bologna has the multi-folded role being a key node on the transport network as well as an important block in the urban fabric bridging the historical division of the city. After a diagnosis of the potentials and strengths of the city the design develops an especially tailored programme for each of the different user groups, creating a neighbourhood with new streets, boulevards, squares and city functions which benefit the transport user and local residents alike.
The luminous heart of the station with the intricate structure provides a distinct and unique identity, offering a different experience on each visit and celebrating the act of traveling. A delicate steel structure is installed 20 metres above the tracks, functioning as a roof which covers - and thereby combines - all areas of the station.
Masterplan & Train Station
UNStudio Ben van Berkel with Nuno Almeida and Jan Schellhoff, Zheinfei Wang, Veronica Baraldi, Juergen Heinzel, Casper Damkier, Patrik Noome, Margherita Del Grosso, Leon Bloemendaal
Advisors Frigerio Design, Genova Abt, Arnhem Politecnica, Florence Systematica, Milan Design Convergence Urbanism, Madrid Buro Happold, London Claudio Manfreddo, Genova Prof. Porrino, Bologna Modulo 1, Bologna