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Brits among finalists vying for Bari bonanza

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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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  • One of my favourite holiday snaps is of the steel framework of a huge block of flats in Bari, which had to be abandoned because it had been erected without proper planning permission, and too near the sea. I wish you well!


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