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“A roof that is simultaneously complex but satisfyingly simple — and so contextual it seems like an integral part of the city before it’s even built — it’s a design that can communicate in any language ”

Will Hunter, Building Design

The extension to the city of Naples’ Metropolitana Linea 1, part of the Naples Metro system, is a showpiece development, with each station designed by an international artist or architect. Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ design for the Capodichino Aeroporto Station, which is located at the end of the extension to Linea 1, represents a significant opportunity to contribute to the regeneration of the city and the airport itself. The new station will transform the existing airport terminal into a sustainable transport hub linked to the Napoli Centrale railway station in Piazza Garibaldi and the ferry terminal at Piazza Municipio.

The masterplan positions the metro station at the very heart of the airport, with easy pedestrian access to the departure and arrival terminals. A large canopy, made up of a series of long laminated timber ribs and linked by aluminium louvres to shade passengers, fans out over a new pedestrian piazza. The structural ribs then extend into the station beneath, drawing passengers downwards on criss-crossing escalators. The elliptical ‘well’ that descends to the underground trains is a central focus of the station’s design, and becomes animated by the vertical movement of passengers down colour-coded escalators.

A repeated, overlapping segment of the main roof structure extends to form a ground-level ‘tail’, creating a shaded, tree lined walkway to the car park, via taxi pick-up and drop-off points as well as cafés and shops.

The form of the roof allows natural light to penetrate deep into the internal space of the station, as well as allowing natural ventilation to circulate. It also provides protection from sunlight and rain for the piazza, creating a public space that offers a safe, protected environment for those passengers travelling between the station and the airport.

“A roof that is simultaneously complex but satisfyingly simple — and so contextual it seems like an integral part of the city before it’s even built — it’s a design that can communicate in any language ”

Will Hunter, Building Design

The extension to the city of Naples’ Metropolitana Linea 1, part of the Naples Metro system, is a showpiece development, with each station designed by an international artist or architect. Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ design for the Capodichino Aeroporto Station, which is located at the end of the extension to Linea 1, represents a significant opportunity to contribute to the regeneration of the city and the airport itself. The new station will transform the existing airport terminal into a sustainable transport hub linked to the Napoli Centrale railway station in Piazza Garibaldi and the ferry terminal at Piazza Municipio.

The masterplan positions the metro station at the very heart of the airport, with easy pedestrian access to the departure and arrival terminals. A large canopy, made up of a series of long laminated timber ribs and linked by aluminium louvres to shade passengers, fans out over a new pedestrian piazza. The structural ribs then extend into the station beneath, drawing passengers downwards on criss-crossing escalators. The elliptical ‘well’ that descends to the underground trains is a central focus of the station’s design, and becomes animated by the vertical movement of passengers down colour-coded escalators.

A repeated, overlapping segment of the main roof structure extends to form a ground-level ‘tail’, creating a shaded, tree lined walkway to the car park, via taxi pick-up and drop-off points as well as cafés and shops.

The form of the roof allows natural light to penetrate deep into the internal space of the station, as well as allowing natural ventilation to circulate. It also provides protection from sunlight and rain for the piazza, creating a public space that offers a safe, protected environment for those passengers travelling between the station and the airport.

“A roof that is simultaneously complex but satisfyingly simple — and so contextual it seems like an integral part of the city before it’s even built — it’s a design that can communicate in any language ”

Will Hunter, Building Design

The extension to the city of Naples’ Metropolitana Linea 1, part of the Naples Metro system, is a showpiece development, with each station designed by an international artist or architect. Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ design for the Capodichino Aeroporto Station, which is located at the end of the extension to Linea 1, represents a significant opportunity to contribute to the regeneration of the city and the airport itself. The new station will transform the existing airport terminal into a sustainable transport hub linked to the Napoli Centrale railway station in Piazza Garibaldi and the ferry terminal at Piazza Municipio.

The masterplan positions the metro station at the very heart of the airport, with easy pedestrian access to the departure and arrival terminals. A large canopy, made up of a series of long laminated timber ribs and linked by aluminium louvres to shade passengers, fans out over a new pedestrian piazza. The structural ribs then extend into the station beneath, drawing passengers downwards on criss-crossing escalators. The elliptical ‘well’ that descends to the underground trains is a central focus of the station’s design, and becomes animated by the vertical movement of passengers down colour-coded escalators.

A repeated, overlapping segment of the main roof structure extends to form a ground-level ‘tail’, creating a shaded, tree lined walkway to the car park, via taxi pick-up and drop-off points as well as cafés and shops.

The form of the roof allows natural light to penetrate deep into the internal space of the station, as well as allowing natural ventilation to circulate. It also provides protection from sunlight and rain for the piazza, creating a public space that offers a safe, protected environment for those passengers travelling between the station and the airport.

“A roof that is simultaneously complex but satisfyingly simple — and so contextual it seems like an integral part of the city before it’s even built — it’s a design that can communicate in any language ”

Will Hunter, Building Design

The extension to the city of Naples’ Metropolitana Linea 1, part of the Naples Metro system, is a showpiece development, with each station designed by an international artist or architect. Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ design for the Capodichino Aeroporto Station, which is located at the end of the extension to Linea 1, represents a significant opportunity to contribute to the regeneration of the city and the airport itself. The new station will transform the existing airport terminal into a sustainable transport hub linked to the Napoli Centrale railway station in Piazza Garibaldi and the ferry terminal at Piazza Municipio.

The masterplan positions the metro station at the very heart of the airport, with easy pedestrian access to the departure and arrival terminals. A large canopy, made up of a series of long laminated timber ribs and linked by aluminium louvres to shade passengers, fans out over a new pedestrian piazza. The structural ribs then extend into the station beneath, drawing passengers downwards on criss-crossing escalators. The elliptical ‘well’ that descends to the underground trains is a central focus of the station’s design, and becomes animated by the vertical movement of passengers down colour-coded escalators.

A repeated, overlapping segment of the main roof structure extends to form a ground-level ‘tail’, creating a shaded, tree lined walkway to the car park, via taxi pick-up and drop-off points as well as cafés and shops.

The form of the roof allows natural light to penetrate deep into the internal space of the station, as well as allowing natural ventilation to circulate. It also provides protection from sunlight and rain for the piazza, creating a public space that offers a safe, protected environment for those passengers travelling between the station and the airport.

Key Facts

Show Team

Team

Davide Costa
Amarjit Kalsi
Adrian King

Faidra Matziaraki
Leonardo Pelleriti
Richard Rogers

James Stopps
Rae Whittow-Williams

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Date
2006-ongoing

Client
Metropolitana di Napoli

Location
Naples, Italy

Construction cost
€60,000,000

Site Area
12,700m²

Co-Architect
DA Studio

Structural Engineer
Expedition / Stipe

Cost Consultant
Metropolitana di Napoli

Civil Engineer
Metropolitana Milanese / Stipe

Traffic Engineer
Arup