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Reggio Emilia station by Santiago Calatrava Valls.

Photo credits: Oscar Ferrari.

A wave of enthusiasm has swept in to the Reggio Emilia region of Italy in the form of a new high speed train service that connects Milan and Bologna. The station, designed by Santiago Calatrava, is a vivid intervention into the flat landscape of the region.

Rotating around the central long axis are a series of portal frames that step up and down something like the legs of a caterpillar. The resulting form is a perfect sinusoidal wave undulating the length of the platforms. The composition creates a dramatic gesture, and an emblem for the railway in a land where only the motor car appears to capture the public imagination.

Each sine wave is composed of 25 steel elements positioned about 1m apart. There are 19 bays to the station allowing for one bay to act as a central, axial entrance. That bay is given a dramatic projecting canopy that appropriately signals the occasion to pedestrians entering at that point.

The “sine wave” structure straddles a concrete box upon which the platforms sit. At the ground level, within and around the box, are passenger concourse areas, shops, station services, warehouses, storage and other ancillary facilities.

Within the scope of the railway station project, Calatrava has also designed three bridges and a motorway toll booth.

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Photo credits: Carlo Vannini.

Photo credits: Oscar Ferrari.

 

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