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Fal Central Station | Matera

Fal Central Station Matera



Stefano Boeri Architetti


Matera, Italy


2017 - 2018


Feasibility study; Concept, developed and technical design for Architectural Project, Structural and Plant Engineering


Underground surfaces station: 1,956 sqm, tunnel length of the station: 130 m, Surfaces above ground station building: 472 sqm, external area of the station: 2,180 sqm, external area of intervention: 7,800 sqm


Architectural Project And General Coordination
Stefano Boeri Architetti
Stefano Boeri (Partner), Marco Giorgio (Partner, Project Director), Maddalena Maraffi (Project Leader)
Bogdan Peric , Elisabetta Zuccala, Stefano Floris
Esteban Marquez, Daniele Barillari
Video: The Blink Fish

Structural Project
Sce Project
Manuela Fantini (Partner), Claudio Millefanti (Project Leader)
Giulia Ansaldi, Francesco Bartolomei, Dario Belvedere, Lorenzo Borroni, Antonella Grillari, Esther Penarrubia, Michele Polizzi, Pietro Strata

Plant and Sustainability Project
Esa Engineering
Francesco Gori (Partner), Alessandro Mara (Project Leader)
Team: Petra Fioravanti, Lucia Lambertucci, Giulio Palumbo, Sergio Saronni

Economic Estimates And Evaluations
Global Assistance Development
Giampiero Aresi (Partner), Gabriele Vadacca (Project Leader)
Team: Patrizia Magni, Marco Spiezia, Francesco Minoia

Landscape Design
Laura Gatti Studio
Laura Gatti (Partner)
Team: Marco Peterle, Simone Serio, Luca Leporati

Fire prevention design
Ing. Giuseppe Lapacciana

Administrative Practices And Safety Coordination
Arch. Angelo Francione

Geological Surveys And Topographical Surveys
Dott. Geol. Pietro Pepe
Team: Maria Serafino Claudiano, Michele Moramarco

Photo: Paolo Rosselli, Giovanni Nardi, Guoyin Jiang

The project concerns the aesthetic and functional redevelopment, as well as the technological adaptation of the Matera Central FAL railway station, one of the three on the Bari-Matera section serving the city. The existing building consists of an above-ground structure built in 1982, which has little architectural connotation, lacks services and is scarcely perceived as a public space, and of a tunnel dug in 1978 to bury the railway line that crosses a long urban stretch. With the intention of giving it greater relevance, therefore, the station is no longer rethought as a pure infrastructural node, but rather as a true urban landmark, in tune with the role of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019.

Particular attention is paid to the selection of materials, chosen to embody the two souls of Matera: Apricena stone that recalls the local stone of the ancient city of the Sassi, and steel that speaks of the dynamism of the modern city.

The construction system is based on multilayer panels obtained by coupling a 12 mm stone facing with a layer of lightened material of the same thickness. The design of the wall is thus defined by the texture of the panels, interspersed with some connecting joints emphasised in thickness, and by a series of full-height backlit glass modules. The south façade will thus be in perfect continuity with the underlying façade facing the quay, flush with the opening in the slab.

The most distinctive feature of the project is the 45×35 m metal roof, supported by twelve steel columns rising from the ‘iron floor’, crossing the height of the underground gallery by about 6 m and rising a further 12 m above ground level. In this way, the roof generates a covered square usable by travellers and open to the public. On an architectural level, the canopy is strongly characterised on the intrados by partially reflecting metal panels with a “diamond” geometry, while the extrados, completely flat, is covered on 1.500 sqm by a photovoltaic surface of the latest generation, for a total of 696 panels, capable of producing up to twice the energy needed to light the station, and therefore potentially usable for the entire square.

The relationship with the public pedestrian area in front of the station is another fundamental theme of the project. The new station is placed in direct connection with the Piazza della Visitazione which, redesigned and connected to the main access axes to the nearby historic city, can be considered as a true ‘gateway’ to the city, for local users and visitors arriving from all over Italy. The design of the new station sees the square precisely as a connecting piece of the urban systems that already characterise it: cultural, traffic and ecological. Characterised by the presence of public buildings and high accessibility, the square also has a barycentric position with respect to important green areas, becoming a potential fulcrum for a network of spaces linked to urban forestation on a broader, urban and territorial scale.

The design of the new square reinterprets the existing urban fabric and proposes a new matrix, which becomes an ordering element through a grid that generates a succession of paved surfaces alternating with strips of new vegetation. The only exceptions to interrupt the regularity of the grid are the pre-existing elements such as the axis oriented towards the Sassi and five ‘glades’, areas with different densities declined in different ways in terms of size and function. 

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