The design for the new £50 million Monte St Angelo subway station by Amanda Levete Architects and artist Anish Kapoor is now on site in Traiano, Naples
The site, situated in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, is at the centre of a planned urban and cultural regeneration for the town, marking an end to the region’s infrastructural isolation and neglect. The brief is to create ‘a fully-functioning tube station that is in itself a work of art’ which, Levete claims, has been taken to heart in their design.
A previously abandoned subway project has left ‘a beguiling network of vaults and tunnels’ which will also be incorporated by the new design which has been wroked up with Arup.
Using plasticine to stretch and mould forms, the design connects the site’s two primary access points while adhering to its aesthetic requirements. Each entrance responds specifically to its context; the Universita entrance will feature a ground-hugging Corten Steel form (pictured), while the Triano entrance responds to its residential surroundings in seemingly floating ‘refined’ aluminium.
The scheme was originally won under the Future Systems banner in 2003. The project, for client S.E.P.S.A., was originally costed at £50 million and due to complete last year (2008).