New Bologna Station
Total Floor Area: 92,870 sqm
Bologna is Italy’s fifth largest train station in terms of movements. But its key position in the sorting of traffic flows along the north-south axis makes it much more important. Hence the necessity to redesign the city’s railway station: above all, in view of the High Speed network under construction but also, more generally, within the perspective of a plan launched by the State Railways to renew the country’s stations. A redevelopment programme has already begun, with major projects such as those of Naples Afragola and Florence Belfiore, designed by Hadid and Foster respectively. Like all nineteenth-century railway stations, that of Bologna requires contemporary architecture to bridge the rift in the city’s continuity caused by its presence. The positions of many of the old city railway stations, even more than their architectural aspect, state their adherence to a typically modern urban design. The density of cities today has caused architecture to envisage a different role for travel hubs, as means of connecting and integrating spaces rather than as elements of urban definition.