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Old February 2nd, 2017, 01:43 AM   #1
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FLORENCE | Firenze-Belfiore High-Speed Train Station

Location: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Area: 45,000 sqm
Design: Norman Foster, Ove Arup & Partners

The project has won a contest which was also attended: Arata Isozaki (2nd place), Santiago Calatrava (3rd place), Francesco Cellini, Carlos Ferrater, Foreign Office Architects, Gerkan, Marg + Partners Architects, Gruppo Toscano, Zaha Hadid, Ricci & Spaini.


The project includes the new Florence's High Speed Train Station and the construction of a twin single-track tunne, to underpass the highly urbanized area of the city. This project provides for a new facility that will connect with the city's existing Santa Maria Novella Station via a new tramline. Driven by a deep respect for the architecture of the city and a quest for clarity of passenger movement, the scheme is both a celebration of the experience of entry into Florence and an attempt to reduce the complexities of modern travel.




The majority of the new Bologna-Florence high-speed line is in tunnels. Correspondingly, the platform level in the new station is located 25 meters below ground. The station chamber consists of a single volume, 454 meters long and 52 meters wide, built using cut-and-cover techniques similar to those deployed at Canary Wharf Station in London. Passengers move from platform to ground level via lifts or escalators. The composition is capped by an arching glazed roof, which evokes the great railway structures of the nineteenth century. Arriving in the station, the generous volume, with natural light flooding in from above, gives an immediate sense of space and light; one can see the sky and sense the air of the city.


The scheme is designed to ensure durability and ease of maintenance, to minimise energy consumption and reduce running costs. Natural light is a crucial part of this equation, so too is temperature control. The arching roof structure provides a system for effective temperature regulation by drawing warm air out through via permanent vents.

It also incorporates photovoltaic cells to generate power. The walls and floors are lined with a palette of rich materials familiar throughout the city - including a highly figured green and white marble - which will patinate gracefully over time. Sensitive to its historic location, but forward looking in its use of energy and other resources, the station offers a model for contemporary rail travel.

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Looks like Crossrail station at Canary Wharf in London.
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Nice design !
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Hey

Is this station currently being built?
If yes, when will it be opened?
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The project should be completed in 2022
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Honestly not sure how I feel about it; it is quite extroverted, and in a shiny sort of way. At least it certainly is designed, a future landmark, for sure.
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