Metropolitana Linea 1 Capodichino

The M.N.Metropolitana di Napoli S.p.A. is the Municipal Government of Naples' concessionaire responsible for the planning and construction of Naples Underground Line 1.

Line 1 will be a circular route, 27km in length with 28 stations. It will connect the city's nerve centres: the suburbs, the residential areas, the historic centre, the port, the central railway station, the administrative centre and the airport. Currently, 13km of the line with 14 stations have been opened to the public while a tract of about 5.5km in length is under construction and a tract of approximately 4km, which includes Capodichino Station, is in the final stages of planning. Different architects, including Mario Botta, Dominique Perrault, Massimiliano Fuksas, Alvaro Siza and Souto De Moura, EMBT, Karim Rashid and Oscar Tusquets Blanca have been commissioned to plan the different stations

The design for the Capodichino Station – which will be located at the end of the extension to Metropolitana Linea 1, at Naples airport – represents a significant opportunity to contribute to the regeneration of the airport itself, as well as to transform the existing airport terminal into a sustainable transport interchange hub, linking it to the Piazza Garibaldi railway station and the ferry terminal at Piazza Municipio.

The new scheme positions the underground station at the heart of the airport. This will help to reduce the walking distance between the train platforms and the entrances to the departure and arrival terminals. The wide roof section over the new pedestrian piazza helps to define routes into and out of the station, and encourages passengers to descend to the trains below or to move from the platforms to the piazza above. The elliptical ‘well’ which is a central focus of the station’s design, is animated by the vertical movement of passengers. Colour-coded escalators help to orientate and channel passenger flows through the station. The roof which covers this ‘well’ allows natural light to penetrate deep into the internal space of the station, as well as allowing natural ventilation to circulate throughout the building. It also provides protection from sunlight and rain for the piazza, creating a public space which offers a safe, protected environment for passengers travelling between the station and the airport.

Project data
Location Naples, Italy
Uses Category Transport
Dates 2005 -
Client Metropolitana di Napoli
Cost Approximately 60 million Euros
Site area 12,700m²
Above ground piazza 5,900m² (including 900m² station area)
Below ground station 2,500m²
Architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Team Davide Costa, Amarjit Kalsi, Adrian King, Faidra Matziaraki, Richard Rogers, James Stopps, Rae Whittow-Williams
Co-Architect DA Studio
Services Engineer Metropolitana di Napoli
  Metropolitana Milanese
Structural Engineer Expedition Engineering
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