The Piazza Garibaldi is one of the most important and complex transportation hubs in the Neapolitan transportation system. This infrastructure project - it includes a metro station - offers the opportunity to upgrade this lively urban space bustling with activity. Two stations share the piazza: open space, composed of urban parks, luxuriant gardens, large ponds, a protected area, a hypogeum covered with a large pergola and an open promenade with boutiques lining both sides. Though structurally and materially different, the new roof fits right into the alignment and the extension of the central station's roof. Composed of a series of eight metallic trees, in simple variations of three patterns, creates a framework resembling clusters of knotty and flexible bamboos talks. The covering is a vast prismatic surface composed of different types of perforated metal in varying densities, whose appearance is constantly changing.
client Metropolitana di Napoli contact Metropolitana di Napoli, tel. : +39 081 2272 234
architect Dominique Perrault Architecture, Paris • engineering Bollinger Bollinger + Grohmann, Francfort (structure), CESMA Bordeaux France (metal frame) • project manager Metropolitana di Napoli - Napoli Metro ENGINEERING • general contractor Pizzarotti & C.S.p.a
location Piazza Garibaldi, Naples, Italy
site area 59 000 m² built area 21 000 m² (gallery and metro station)
beginning of conceptual design 2004 beginning of construction 2006 inauguration of metro station Nov 2013 completion of gallery April 2015 completion of outside piazza 2016
• creation of a «station district» Piazza Garibalida has a unique situation, where 5 stations join each other. Design of Piazza Garibaldi, creation of a garden, pedestrian areas, reorganisation of traffic.
• desjgn of a multifuncitonal center Includes a commercial gallery, a car park and access to metro and train station.