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Fuksas wins comp to design Italian ‘high line’

 Fuksas has beaten off international competition, including Brits Allies & Morrison and AZPA, to masterplan the railway area of Bari in Italy

Spanish architect Carlos Ferrater, Scape + Lan Architecture and Uaps, Cobe with Iotti+Pavarani, Francesco Cellini with Insula Architettura, Bolles+Wilson, Guillermo Vazquez Consuegra, and Cruz Ortiz Arquitectos were also shortlisted in the contest to overhaul the city’s central railway corridor.

The railway area has been blamed for cutting through the city, causing a rift. Fuksas’ designs reconnect the two sides of the city through a 780,000m2 elevated park giving views over the city and the sea.

Fuksas Bari

The new park will double the amount of green space within the city whilst providing a 3km long cycle path.

Exisitng buildings within the park will be restored to create arts and cultural spaces, including a 1,400m2 government office and a 2,900m2 public library.

A new performance space will be created within an elliptical form providing space for concerts, conferences, exhibitions and film screenings.

Previous story (AJ 14.12.2012)

Brits among finalists vying for Bari bonanza

Two London practices have made the shortlist for a major redevelopment along the central railway corridor in Bari, Italy

Alejandro Zaera Polo’s practice AZPA made the 10-strong list for the Bari Centrale scheme, in partnership with Milan-based practice Metrogramma.

Allies and Morrison also made the cut for the 78 ha development, in conjunction with UK consultants Arup and Rome-based Alvisikirimoto.

Eight other teams will also compete for the right to masterplan the transformation of this critical slice of Bari, which includes its railway station.

These include Italian starchitect Massimiliano Fuksas, Paris-based Local Architecture Network and Bari’s own Vincenzo Paolo Bagnato. 

The competition documents state that the winning project ‘will not be an implementation plan… it will be an overall vision for the possible transformation that can be carried out’.

A ‘delighted’ Allies and Morrison partner Bob Allies said: ‘The site is an enormously important one, right in the heart of the city, and provides an extraordinary opportunity to connect together the northern and southern sides of the city.’ 

AZPA architect in charge of new projects Guillermo Fernandez-Abascal also told AJ the practice was keen to connect disparate parts of the Italian city.

‘We are interested in this physical boundary between the old and the new areas of the city, where there has been no activity for 100 years,’ he said.

‘There is the opportunity to connect both areas. Multiple different situations and relationships can occur.’

Fernandez-Abascal said AZPA was increasingly looking abroad for work as the UK industry continued to stutter.

‘It has always been in the nature of our company to develop projects all over the world and we are trying to diversify as much as possible in the current global situation,’ he said.

‘We are waiting for results of competitions in Switzerland, preparing some in France and Germany, [and] looking at different opportunities in Turkey, Marocco, Colombia and China.

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